The Blind Side

I just finished watching the movie The Blind Side. You might be asking, “What does this have to do with marriage and family, or romance?” However, after seeing a film like this you realize that even though you may have big problems, you are actually pretty lucky compared to many in this world.

In the movie, The Blind Side, Michael Oher is a kid from the projects in Memphis TN who is rescued from his life of poverty. Where he is from, there is crime and danger all around him.
One can be “blindsided” at any moment and life just vanishes.

Through football (and his loving adoptive family), Michael learns to use his innate protective instincts to protect the quarterback and other key players on the offense. He learns that they are just like his family, and that he will protect them at all costs.

Similarly, our families are being blindsided everyday. It may not be guns and drugs that destroy. Many other dangers lurk and seek to destroy your marriage and family. It could be pride or selfishness that ends up destroying your family.

The point is you must be diligent to protect your family from all who would take away or hurt your loved ones. A driver must be aware of their blind spots on the vehicle in order to avoid an accident or even worse, a tragedy. Nothing can replace diligence and using good judgment. A school bus driver, who transports children, must pay attention to every last detail in order to ensure that the precious “cargo” they carry reaches their destination safely.

Should we be any less diligent? Our families need and deserve our best efforts to fend off all those who would seek to harm and destroy them. That includes keeping our own bad attitudes and actions in check. What are you doing to protect your family’s blindside?

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2 Responses to The Blind Side

  • jeff says:

    i agree we should protect our families from being blindsided. but many people don’t have families to support them at all. michael wasn’t blindsided, he was ablused, neglected & abandoned. so we need to reach out to the michaels of the world, some of whom have been blindsided, others are systematically damaged.

    • admin says:

      Good point Jeff. I worked for Child Protective Services for 9 years and saw the results of that first hand. Michael was in and out of foster homes most of his life, or just living out on the street surviving. Eventually however, he lived with an adoptive family and learned about protecting them and those he cared about. The football team was just an extension of that. I agree that those who can need to step up to the plate and do more for the Michaels of the world.

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