Clips and Lessons – The Blind Side
The Blind Side
“Go the extra mile”
Topic for Conversation: This study is about going the extra mile to make sure our neighbors are taken care of. Hospitality does not start and end with inviting family over and making sure they are well taken care of. It goes further and this study will help the youth explore ways in which they can be hospitable to others.
Age group/intended group for discussion: High School Youth
Time frame: 30-45 minutes
Film (Title, year, director, availability – sources and formats): The Blind Side, 2009, John Lee Hancock. DVD, Blue Ray, Netflix DVD
Scene(s) to use: Chapter 5: “Just for one night”. 18:37-24:22
Description of scene(s): The Tuohy’s are coming home from their son’s play when they see Michael Oher walking in the rain. Leigh Anne tells her husband to stop the car and she gets out to talk to Michael. She ends up inviting him to stay at their house for the night because he has nowhere else to go.
How to set up clip viewing: This movie is about the love of family. Leigh Anne welcomes Michael into their life and shows him that family is not always flesh and blood. This scene shows their first encounter.
Questions to ask group before watching clip:
1. Has your family ever given someone a ride home that they didn’t know?
2. What is going through Leigh Anne’s head when she invited Michael?
3. How does she treat him when they get home?
View the clip: Chapter 5: “Just for one night”. 18:37-24:22
Theological conversation after viewing:
1. Read 2 Kings 4:8-17- Elisha and the Shunammite Woman
2. How are Elisha and Michael the same? Different?
3. How are the Shunammite woman and Leigh Anne the same? Different?
4. Get the youth to define the word “hospitality”. Get a dictionary definition if you want. How was the woman hospitable to Elisha?
5. When have you been hospitable to someone you do not know?
6. What is going on in Collin’s head when she sees Michael? Would you react the same?
7. As a group read Hebrews 13:2
8. Read this to the group: “This verse reminds the people hearing it read that we must treat others with nothing but love. It is very similar to Jesus command in Matthew 25 (read that if you want).
9. How has Michael’s world changed after this one night?
10. Split youth into small groups of 3 or 4. Tell them to answer this question with concrete answers.
What are some things you can do to change the lives of others?
11. Ask groups to share with everyone.
Close the session:
Gather the group in a circle and close with this prayer:
“God of hospitality. Help us to welcome the stranger because you have welcomed us. Help us to love the stranger because you have loved us. Help us to go the extra mile for others because you sent your Son to die for all of us. Be with us. AMEN.”