Julie and I went to see "The Blind Side" Friday afternoon. We got there late, the theater was full and we had to sit waaaaaayyyyy to close to the screen for my comfort, but the movie is fabulous. (actually, we had to wade through miles of "Twilight: New Moon" fans - what's the deal with that movie / series? It turns even grown people into morons!) "The Blind Side" tells some of the story of Michael Oher, currently the left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens football team. While Michael is doing well now, such was not always the case. In fact, were it not for the intervention of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the story of Michael might be one of a life cut short, were it to be told at all.
Michael's mother and father were absentee and, although a ward of the state, Michael was largely homeless. Through the intervention of a friend, Michael found himself enrolled at Briarcrest Christian Academy in Memphis. With a less than stellar academic record (spotty attendance- including at least one year they couldn't account for at all - and a less than 1.00 GPA), he was admitted as a special-needs case.
On a cold night in Memphis, the Tuohys (a wealthy family in their own right), who also had children at Briarcrest, saw Michael walking alone. Through a course of events, they brought him home and became his legal guardians, paid for his tuition, cared for him when no one else did and, truly, acted the part of being like Christ.
Texan Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne in the movie and here's what she had to say about the Tuohys "I've finally met someone who practices, but doesn't preach....I now have faith in those who say they represent a faith. I finally met people who walk the walk."
All because some people decided to act on their convictions. Whereas some have accused them of doing it for themselves since Michael is now earning more than $10 million, be reminded that they didn't know that on that cold Memphis night when they found him. They did, however, know of the command of Christ to care for those who can't care for themselves. I love the way James says it in James 2:17-18 (The Message): "Isn't it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove"
Here's the best article I've found about Michael's story. Click anywhere it's underlined.