The Wonder Years

Growing up I watched many different sitcoms. My all time favorite was The Wonder Years. This was a show filmed in the 80’s, but based on the late 60’s and early 70’s. The main character, Kevin, is a young boy going into seventh grade. The show follows him up through his high school years. Each episode depicts a normal teenage drama such as an embarrassing mother, an annoying friend or sibling, a first taste of alcohol or a junior high romance. My mom recently ordered the entire set of every season of The Wonder Years so the show never seems to turn off at my house. At the end of every show Kevin’s older-self is narrating an important lesson he learned from that episode. As I think back through all of them I realize that they all seem to start off the same way, selfish. It is all about getting what Kevin wants to make Kevin happy. In the end it is the moral of what Kevin had to give up or offer to make someone else happy. I wonder why it is that as many times as we hear that we are to be selfless we still focus on ourselves. I realize it is hard when in the world we grow up in we are given many different things and we are blessed with wealth that many countries will never experience. It may be difficult to remember to stop and think when things aren’t exactly going our way but If we did I’m sure our homes and businesses would be much happier places. Proverbs says more than once that ‘humility comes before honor’. The Bible also says that with humility comes wisdom. Just a thought.



  1. Good thinking. We do hear the message of humility being preached all the time, but we rarely practice it. The problem is just that we ive our lives with one primary focus: ourselves. And as we have that focus from birth, it is extremely hard to break the habit of living for ourselves. But is nonetheless something we dearly need to put into practice

  2. true, we would be far better off if we all practiced humility and put others first.

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