The Blind Side

The Blind Side

Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith. – Galatians 6:10

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.

James 2:14-17

 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,

 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”– but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

The Blind Side is a poignant, touching movie based on the true story of Michael Oher. Released in 2009, it grossed over $300 million in U.S. box office alone. It starred Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy and Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher. Leigh Anne is an atypical southern woman. Michael Oher is a very large, imposing, homeless, traumatized 17-year-old young man. Michael grew up in the projects in Memphis, TN. He stopped living with his drug-addicted mother early on and was in and out of the foster care system. He came to be all alone and homeless. He did the best he could to survive while attending high school.

After a basketball game, the Tuohy family watched as Big Mike waited until the crowds left. He then got into the stands to collect uneaten, leftover popcorn that remained in the stands. Another day, while driving home with her family, they observed Big Mike walking alone in the cold, without a jacket, on the side of the road. Leigh Anne stopped the car and asked Mike where he is headed. And more importantly, why was he walking in the cold without a jacket. Leigh Anne realizes that Mike had no home to go to. So he was heading to the warm school gym to sleep.

Deeply moved, Leigh Anne invites Mike to stay at the Tuohy house for the night. In a short time, the loving family decided to adopt Michael. This is the kind of thing you can’t make up. Because of their love, the family turned Michael’s life around. Consequently, he became an All-American football player and a first-round NFL draft pick. He had an exceedingly successful football career as an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.

The Blind Side reveals several beautiful wife lessons regarding compassion.

1. When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence

The Tuohy family was wealthy, owning a large number of chain restaurants and having more than enough to provide for themselves. Leigh Anne responded from her heart out of love. She opened her heart and her home to this kind man child and built a “longer table” by providing him with the first bed he’d ever owned; giving him the unconditional love and security of a family that every child needs. They beautifully changed his life, and their own, for the better.

2. Parenting isn’t about blood or skin color; it’s about love

“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love Them”

(Leigh Anne Tuohy). The Tuohys knew that love was more important than any perceived visual differences. They saw beyond skin color and biological ties and adopted Michael into their family because they shared a heart connection.

3. When a child is loved and given a fair chance, they can succeed in life

Children can succeed in their own unique way in life when provided with love from a caring family.

4. Don’t let the judgment of others keep you from helping those in need

Leigh Anne let her friends know that while she doesn’t need them to approve of her choices, she does need them to respect them: “Look. Here’s the deal. I don’t need y’all to approve of my choices. But I do ask that you respect them. You have no idea what this boy has been through.”

5. The love of a family is forever

The Tuohy family experienced many challenges after adopting Michael. But they made one thing clear; the love of a family is unconditional and forever. (https://understandingcompassion.com/)

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father repeatedly gives us opportunities to find people that can become our neighbors.

Father help me to be alert and aware of the opportunities you provide to do good and show compassion to those in need.

INSIGHT

The Father provided an extremely high standard regarding compassion for the children of the King to maintain. It is so high and lofty; it is practically unapproachable. The average person quickly begins to rationalize and attempt to somehow wiggle out of it.

We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. The soulish mind asks, “Who is my neighbor?” For children of the King, this is entirely the wrong question. The right question requires a major paradigm shift. “Jesus made it very clear that the question is not ‘Who is my neighbor?’ but ‘To whom can I be a neighbor?’ ” (Wiersbe).

Luke 10:25-37

 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.

 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.

 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.

 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

Sadly, our human response is too often, “You’ve gotta be kidding.” Neither the Father nor the Lord Jesus Christ is kidding! The Father is working behind the scenes repeatedly to provide children of the King new opportunities and new neighbors. He has already written the script; it is our responsibility to act it out in good faith and love.

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it.

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” (Wesley).

“Instead of looking for a place to quit, we should be looking for another place to start!” (Boles). Do you have a blindside?

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© Dr. H 2022

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