I saw “The Blind Side” on cable this weekend. I was humbled. After all, what kind of faith, other than “blind” faith,” does it take to bring a stranger into your home and give them the emotional and material nourishment they need to reach their potential? I was surprised to read that Sandra Bullock turned down the role three times because she did not want to portray Leanne Tuohy, a devout Christian woman. I’m sure Ms. Tuohy herself would say (as she did in the movie) that it was part of her Christian duty to help Michael Oher. I, on the other hand, think she and her family possess an even greater gift. In one split second, on a freezing cold and rainy November night, she decided to take Michael home with her. She knew he needed a place to sleep, and she gave him one. What she didn’t count on was changing her own life permanently.
How many chances do we get to change a life? Do they occur every second, every minute, every hour, every day? Are they visible to us, or do we have to seek them out? I think each one of us is capable of transformation – spiritual and physical. Not all of us can take a stranger into our home and give them permanent shelter. However, that does not mean that we can’t make a difference to someone. I am a huge advocate of hands-on volunteering. Clean up your neighborhood, volunteer at your child’s school, feed a hungry person, donate a toy to a child who has never held one. You may question whether changing one life is worth the effort. I can assure you, you’ll never change just one life – you’ll change your own as well.