Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Meaning of Family


I just finished watching the movie, "The Blind Side" which was nominated for movie of the year and didn't win. I think the movie industry made a huge mistake because they are missing the bigger picture.

It's about the story behind the story. The story of what family really means. In this movie, Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy who finds a boy without a home attending the very same school as her kids. So she does what any mother would and offers him a place to stay for the night. Well you can read between the lines to know it doesn't stop with one night and eventually he becomes part of the family. The most significant line from the movie is when her girlfriends while having lunch together comments that "she is changing his life" to which she replies, "No he's changing mine!"

Many people may not understand that the word family does not just mean those that are born to you, they may be kids you foster or kids you adopt or even friends you take in that are homeless and have no where else to go. Family simply means one thing and that is love.

In God's eyes, it's our duty as His creations to care for one another and to love one another, not just til our kids turn 18, not if they deserve it one day or not, but for as long as we live and breathe. We love until we have breathed our last breath!

Jesus replied, "You do not realized now what I am doing but later you will understand." John 13:7

This scripture spoke such love to me today and personally felt God's voice upon my soul when I came across it tonight. God gave us the example of the perfect family when He became our Father and gave us His only son!

His love is so unconditional we can barely scratch the surface just to feel it, but you know what? When you catch just a glimpse and just breeze past it, its so magnifying you don't ever want it to end.

Now imagine just for one moment, to experience being immersed in that kind of love for a full 24 hours. What would you feel like? Loved beyond loving so much that it's beyond overflowing and you just want to branch out and share it as quickly as possible.

It's like having such an incredible experience at something you can't wait to share it with the very next person you see no matter who they are. It's that contagious!

Now, are you holding on???

Imagine feeling that everyday for the rest of your life for all eternity????

Did I just hear you scream??

I bet you did, because you know what? Being a member of God's family is going to be just like that! One incredible moment after another unlike anything you could ever imagine here in this life.

God's family.... I think we need to make sure it's a big as it can possibly be. We all need to be doing our part to make sure we take as many people with us, because we don't want to keep this for ourselves. This type of love is really meant to be shared, passed along and savored.

Let's make a difference in someone's life today and make sure to include them into our family! Oh and by the one...if you haven't seen the movie, you really need to. A personal favorite and one to add to your permanent libraries!

25 comments:

Denise said...

Such a wonderful post, beautiful words written here.

Just Be Real/God Whispers In The Wind said...

I have yet to see this movie. Thank you for such a wonderful post Kat. Pray you are continuing to heal. Blessings.

Mari said...

I loved that movie and your application is wonderful!
Hope you are feeling better everyday!

The Real Me! said...

We haven't seen it yet but it's on the list.
Beautiful post my friend!
Big hugs!!
Kim

Andrea said...

I hope to get to see this movie soon. I pray I am making a difference in someone's life.
Hugs, andrea

SusanD said...

I have not seen this movie yet...but soon. God's strength to you today. Blessings, SusanD

Jane In The Jungle said...

My youngest son really loves this movie even though I thought it might be too old for him!
Are you feeling good today?

Mom's Coffee Time said...

My husband and I saw it last night. It was a good movie/story. I hope you're feeling well and may the day find you reflecting on Holy Week. Blessings to you! ~Amy

Thena said...

I don't go to theaters often because their so overpriced. But after seeing The Blindside advertised I knew it was a must see. I hope to buy a copy of it soon. It made me ask myself am I really doing enough.

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

I saw this movie a few nights ago and loved it! The way they took him in and loved him was simply God sent.

christy rose said...

I have not seen the movie yet! But it is in my plans for a recent movie night at home with our family. I am excited about it really!

Hope you are feeling better every day!!!

KrippledWarrior said...

A loving family is a true blessing. Some times blood relatives show less love to family than to strangers.

Beth E. said...

It's a wonderful movie...Bill and I saw it together when it was in the movie theaters. It's hard for us to find a movie we both like. This one was great!

Your analogy is great. How wonderful the love of our Father is!

Saleslady371 said...

This movie is a favorite. I like the part where they are eating Thanksgiving dinner and Michael is the only one respectfully sitting at the table and Lee Ann notices. I pray to be an influence like that. Great thoughts here, Kat.

Love you,
Mary

He & Me + 3 said...

I just bought the movie and am dying to watch it with the family. I hear it is the bestest!

RCUBEs said...

Sounds like a great movie. Hope I can watch it with my family. I'm glad there are still movies like these with true values. When people seek the Source of unconditional love, it just becomes easier to share that as we embody Christ's image. Great post and challenge. God bless and praying for your continued healing and recovery.

LV said...

I have not seen the movie either. However, it is I do not go much to movies anymore. I understand it is very good. So glad to see more followers recognize what a great blog you have.

Relyn said...

I have STILL not seen this movie. Have GOT to!

Darcie said...

I can't wait to see this movie, and thank you for sharing the thoughts that it provoked in you!

christschild said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today...I always love to hear from you. Hope you have a blessed Easter week:)

Faith Imagined said...

I adored the movie. I cried the entire time. Your insights are awesome!

Silver said...

I couldn't see it- it just wouldn't load from here. Maybe i'll try later. Yes, i do want to experience that kind of love- so pure..and indefinitely.

hugs,
~Silver

Kelly L said...

I saw the movie in the theaters and again I watched it tonight - great movie.. You absolutely right - we need to reach out to our family and show love - regardless if it's blood or not - we are ALL God's children...
How are you feeling? I have been praying for you.. I have been putting this surgery off for 3 years now and it's coming to the point I can't wait much longer...

Love to you
Kelly

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

This is now one of my favorite movies not because of the acting...but the storyline itself. You described what I felt about the storyline...a family is a family knitted together by God and not by blood. You said it...you can be a family by taking in or helping someone that is homeless. You can be a family by adopting a grandparent at an assisted living place. Or, if your kids are older, you can be a Big Sister at a group home.

Thank you for your insight.

Abbie said...

My husband and I watched this movie. I was moved to tears many times over. Although we are blessed with 4 children (when the world said I would never be able to have any becuase I have SLE and several sister diseases that go with this), we are always praying that our home be a sanctuary for those in need. Our children see everyone as part of our family. They have no "blood-relation cousins" and because we are in the ministry we are not near our families. This movie embraces what we have always taught our children. God weaves family together in love and faith, not always by blood. That is the awesomeness of His wisdom. Your review is excellent and insightful. Thank you for opening and dividing the word of God. May you continue to be blessed in your ministry.