Invited into the family

I saw most of an old movie the other night. I discovered the next day when I did an Internet search; it was called ‘Blind Side.’ I didn’t see the beginning, but the trailer I found matched the movie had been watching.

That night I woke up shortly after 1:00 am and could not  go back to sleep. My nose was blocked and consequently it was difficult to breathe the oxygen through the nasal prongs.

Well, I talked to God, reviewed what I had to do later in the day… in the daylight hours. Then my thoughts went back to the movie I had watched in the evening.

(I looked up the summary of The Blind Side and it explains why the movie was called The Blind Side. It explained what the blindside is in a football game.)

It was interesting, but not the theme I found myself thinking of in the early hours of the morning when I could not sleep.

Exciting is how I would describe my mental review of the movie and the connections I made during that sleepless night.

Although reviews of the film point out several inaccuracies between the movie and the reality, the bare bones are there.

  • The teenager was homeless.
  • He did spend some nights in the family home, although did not move in with them immediately, as portrayed in the movie.
  • The rich white family did offer Michael Oher a home.

They were kind to him, and accepting of this teenager whose life was the opposite of their lives.

I guess this is where I started making connections to my faith journey.

Do you want to join our family?

God does not force us; He gives as all free choice. Have you read the scripture…

For many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 22: 14 KJV

You can read an explanation of the parable and possible point of what Jesus meant at

Back to the movie…

The teenager could have refused the offer, but he chose to accept the invitation to be part of the family.

In agreeing to be part of the family, he also accepted the challenge to live as they did.

Physical Family

Spiritual Family

The teenager was educated

Educated in the family

The Holy Spirit is a bridge to God and Jesus Christ

Invitation to God’s family

When we accept an invitation to join God’s family, do we accept the challenge to live as Christ lived?

I have heard it taught that the word ‘Christian’ means ‘belonging to Christ.’ You can find a discussion on it here.

Back to the movie…

In a Today Show Interview, Michael’s adopted mother Leigh Anne Touhy said, “I love Michael Oher as much as I love my two biological children. There’s no difference in them.”

God loves His family

Since I spent so much time researching the Gospel of John for the books I wrote, I am familiar with the following scriptures

John 17:23 “I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me.” (Bolding mine.)

And in one of John’s epistles…

1 John 3:1 “See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.

When we accept an invitation to join God’s family, we receive so much, just as Michael Oher received much.

Our future is spiritual though.

Sharing some thoughts from a sleepless night


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