One Lesson We Can All Learn From Steve Harvey

Two years ago my wife and I had the privilege of being guests on the Steve Harvey show to discuss a recent blog post I had written. We flew out to Chicago, stayed in an incredible hotel, froze our butts off and truly had the time of our lives. Steve, as expected was hilarious and filled with joy. He was truly the same person we had watched on Family Feud all those years. And yes, his mustache is 100% real.

One of the things my wife and I have always loved about Steve Harvey was the authenticity he seemed to portray throughout all of his T.V. appearances. To our delight, that same authenticity was prevalent in the time we spent with him at his studio. He shared his struggles in the entertainment industry, that he had once lived in his car, gone through three marriages before getting his life back together, and that he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the grace of God.

Juli and I listened in amazement, as the man we had watched from a television screen for the last few years has just given us a raw look into his life. He showed us that he was human, full of mistakes, and in need of God’s grace just as much as the next person. He was full of authenticity and integrity.

Last night Steve Harvey hosted Miss Universe 2015. He worked his magic of hosting and did his Steve Harvey thing for the entire show, all until quite the hiccup took place towards the end of the night. While announcing the winner to the audience, Steve had mistakenly shared the wrong name, which led to a confusing and awkward moment on live television. I mean, I don’t blame him. That card was horribly designed.

Mistakes Happen

The beauty in all this mess is this: Steve Harvey owned up to his mistake and made it right. He didn’t try to blame anyone or make up any excuses. He just owned it like a champ. And while a lot of people are criticising Steve for his Miss Universe fumble, I give him kudos for showing true integrity during a time he could have blamed someone else and probably got away with it.

How many times have you found yourself in a spot where you could have blamed someone for your mistake and got away with it? How many times have you found yourself trying to cover up something you did wrong, all to save face with the people around you? The reality is, real leaders choose honesty even when it’s easier to lie.

We all make mistakes. We’re all human.

We love you, Steve! Thank you for being an incredible example of what true honesty and integrity looks like.

Take this time to send @IAmSteveHarvey an encouraging tweet.

—Jarrid Wilson


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23 comments on “One Lesson We Can All Learn From Steve Harvey”

  1. We still love Steve Harvey! Mistakes happen, no one us perfect! Thus should have been a chance for Ms, Colombia to just laugh it out and show her real innermost beauty!

  2. Just goes to show no one is perfect except Jesus.

    I love what Jesus said when the Pharisees brought the woman who committed adultery to Him so they could stone her… “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    Same goes with this mishap. A lot of people are bashing Steve for his mistake, yet we ALL make mistakes, big and small.

    1. Agree, everybody make mistakes but everybody learn lesson from mr. Harvey… It’s a universe pageant, should be really careful before we speaks… Bcoz it will shake the universe though obviously ms. Phil. Has the best answer that she deserved the title…

      Anyway, I’m praying for me. Harvey that continue to be humble n don’t be affected to what people say… Accept your fault is enough explanation period.

  3. I learned two things from the Steve Harvey mishap during the Miss Universe pageant, (well, two things were confirmed) : people are so reluctant to extend grace in the face of a sincere mistake and are quite unforgiving and that the world is full of hatred that is impossible to mask. The internet is a beautiful yet hurtful place and on some days, it seems like grace is just not an option.

    1. Rachel I totally agree with you! It was a sad mistake all the way around,yet Steve immediately took responsibility and apologized…..something lacking from our society today. Yet people are so quick to jump on him, and….well you know the rest!

    2. That is also what I have observed, people are bashing Him, just like that…
      Its sad that our society has become like that

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