This past weekend I went to see The Blindside with my family. What a great movie and a great story. If you don’t know, its a movie based on a true story about a Memphis family who takes in an inner city boy, provides him with a family and guides him through college and into the NFL as a number one draft pick.
Its a great story of a family doing something that requires faith – reaching out of their comfort zone to impact a person. What a chance they seem to have taken to open up their home to a complete stranger from a really really difficult background. Its a great movie that, for me at least, challenged me to continue to move my faith out of the “church building” and into the streets. If you have not seen this movie, I would recommend that you head over to your favorite theater, get the number one special ( a large refillable popcorn and two 73,434,384,379 ounce refillable drinks) and watch this one, and then contemplate what you are doing in your life that requires you to live out your faith.
Then as this week heads right into its grand crescendo ( did I mention that there are only 3 more days until Christmas), consider this: God loved you so much that he sent his son to this nasty sin-filled Earth. He sent him from Heaven to become a man.
1 John 3:16-20 (New International Version)
16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
God loved you, he sent his Son, who then died on the cross, because he loved you. How can these things move us to put our faith into action – to put love into action.
Let us love, let us find a way to live out our faith. Take a step today towards action. I think God will be protecting your Blindside.