That player was Jared Jeffries, a 41-year-old Bloomington, Indiana native who had a stellar career as an Indiana Hoosier, culminating in his being named the 2002 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year just before becoming the Number 11 pick of the 2002 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. He then went on to put together a solid 11-year career among multiple professional teams.
But he did something on Monday, January 9th that few, if any, other NBA players can claim to have done. He became a winner on “The Price is Right” television game show.
After getting on stage, he played the “One Away” game on the show, where he simply had to form the correct price of the car in order to win the prize. He soon found himself needing a red 7 to pop up in the remaining slot for him to win a brand new car.
As host Drew Carey had the slide removed from the board, the car’s correct price was revealed; and Jeffries was indeed the winner. Online video clips show him then running around the stage as if he had hit the game-winning shot in a crucial matchup. He had just won himself a Toyota Corolla LE.
Of course, given that the car was a compact, the obvious and immediate question was whether or not there would be enough room for the 6-foot-11 former standout to even get inside! Still, Jeffries later wrote on Twitter that it was a “lifelong dream” to be a contestant on the show he had watched since his childhood.
Oh, and the fate of the car? Not to worry, as he plans to give it to his daughter!
As I read the article, I thought about how blessed this man had been. I’m not just talking here about the fact that he was a gifted athlete who played a long time and made millions. I’m even more talking about the fact that he obviously has a wonderful and loving family! Video clips posted online show his family out in the audience going completely bonkers with joy when he won the car!
But what really impresses me is how this man, who has been so blessed, apparently believes in blessing others as well. He has chosen to give the car to another person. Granted, that person is his own daughter. But still, in a day and age where so many do not even care for their own, he has decided to bless another individual out of his own abundance.
Any way you look at it, that is commendable! In fact, Jesus Himself commended just such an approach to life. In his farewell remarks to the Ephesian Christians (recorded in the New Testament Book of Acts, chapter 20, verse 35), the Apostle Paul states: “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Jesus had even more than this to say on the subject. In the Gospel of Luke (chapter 6, verse 38), we read these words (likely from His famed Sermon on the Mount): “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
And in Mark’s Gospel (chapter 4, verse 24), we read a similar admonition from the Lord: “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and even more will be added to you.”
It seems clear, then, that Jesus knew there was a far greater blessing to be had in giving than in merely receiving. The Apostle Paul also knew this. Apparently, so does Jared Jeffries. In fact, it seems as if the only remaining question is whether or not you and I know this as well!
For my part, I’m learning to become a giver. I pray the Lord increase this desire within me! Out of the abundance with which I have been blessed, may I learn to bless others more and more. For ironically, when my blessings become blessings for others, I then find myself all the more blessed as a result!
And that, I have discovered, makes the price of sharing those blessings just right!
The reporter, Ryan Gaydos, is the Sports Editor for Fox News Digital.