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Take a Risk
Theme of the week: Living the Giving Life
Friday, December 10, 2010

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Key Bible Verse: Take care of God's needy people and welcome strangers into your home. (Romans 12:13, CEV) Dig Deeper: Hebrews 13:1-3

To us, the astonishing commercial success of The Blind Side is rooted in a kind of self-examination. Michael's story causes all of us to search our souls, and it shows us how we too easily ignore, debase, and devalue each other. But the movie also touches the part of us that wants to be better. The story it tells is a reaffirmation of the way we want to feel about who we are, and the way we want our country to be.

We're often asked, wasn't it a risk to take Michael into your home? You know what? You take a bigger risk every day of your life. When you get in your car and drive across a bridge, you take a risk. You don't know if your tires are going to blow out, or if the bridge's pilings are going to hold up, or if there's a drunk driver coming at you from the other end of the bridge. But you don't stop and think about it, do you?

Everybody takes risks, every day. You just don't realize that's what you're doing. For us, loving Michael was like that. We just crossed the bridge without thinking about it. And the way we see it, these are the kinds of risks that all of us need to take more of.

—Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy in In a Heartbeat

My Response: One way I could take a risk and cross "the bridge" would be to …

Thought to Apply: We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.—Seneca (Roman statesman, philosopher)

Adapted from In a Heartbeat (Henry Holt and Company, 2010) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Dear heavenly Father, help me to be a cheerful and generous giver of my financial resources, of my time, of my talents, and of my words of encouragement and praise.

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