The movie The Blindside and the story of Michael Oher and his relationship with the Tuohy's has got me thinking.
The last couple months of the year with the holidays in full force, people are often very tuned into the idea of giving and serving others.
This is good - I make no complaint. There may even be reason to suggest this time of year might even warrant a higher degree of service and giving.
Yet, sometimes I think we often check the box when it comes to giving of ourselves, time, and resources. We say "check" I did my good deed.
And I suppose checking the box by donating a little food to food pantry, giving an old coat to a local charity, and buying a toy for a less-well-off child is not to be scoffed at, especially when done in mass numbers.
Yet, I know for certain that most people can give more.
And yet, part of the reason we don't give more is because we typically only give out of the excess, giving in a way that doesn't really effect us. We grab the food out of the pantry that we don't really like or have no assigned intentions of using.
We may give to people in need around the holidays, but not to the point that we alter the way we celebrate.
And it's in this attitude, that we often do "drive by service."
It's fast, it's efficient, and it's done.
I think that is part of what is compelling about the story of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy who's story of sacrifice is compelling, almost too big to be true, and it's real.
When the Tuohy family invite Michael Oher into their home and eventually into their family, they make a big commitment. They opened themselves up to something going utterly wrong, they took on cost. And not just financial cost, but surely a cost of some of their time, their energy, and their peace.
I think giving out of the excess is meaningful, but that giving with sacrifice is beautiful.
I think we have that opportunity in our current times more than ever.
That is what makes stories like we see in story of Sean & Leigh Anne Tuohy truly touching.
I think we want to give like that. I want to give like that.
Pictured above is the Sean Tuohy, Michael Oher & Leigh Anne Tuohy played in the movie the Blindside by Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron & Sandra Bullock. Photo from Go Memphis.