Sunday, June 15, 2014

Are you Courageous?

It's Father's Day. I've enjoyed the day with both my dad and my husband. When we got back home this afternoon, I started flipping through the channels on TV as I tried to get Cate to take a nap. I saw that the movie Courageous was on. I haven't seen it since Brent and I saw it in theaters and since it is Father's Day, I decided to watch it.

The movie is mostly aimed at Father's, but I have found it beneficial to me as a mother as well. There were a few things that struck the core of my heart his evening as I sat down to watch this movie.

First, I felt guilt. I don't want to give the movie away, so I am going to do my best to explain my convictions without giving it away to anyone who hasn't seen it. There is one part of the movie where one of the fathers regrets not doing something with his daughter when she asked. When he realizes he will never get the chance to do it with her, his heart is broken. I felt guilty, because I do the same thing sometimes. Audrey will want to do something and I will say "Maybe later" or "Mommy is tired right now". But what if we don't get a "later"? What if "right now" is all we get?

I know it's cliche to say "Live each day as if it were your last", but what would happen if we truly did? What if we stopped pushing aside the statement we often hear and put it into action? What would you do with your spouse and your kids? What would you do for God?

This was also my first time to watch this movie since losing Barrett. I was able to relate to the movie in a whole new way this time. One quote struck so many chords with me. "You can be angry because of the time you lost with her, or grateful for all of the time you had with her". That statement is so powerful. Not only is it powerful, but it is so hard to live. I cannot just say today "I will be grateful for the time I had with Barrett" and then truly live that way from here on out. It is a decision that I must make daily. 

In the movie, the fathers sign a resolution to be godly husbands and fathers. I am a mother, but it resounded with me just the same.



I DO solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.


I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.


I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.


I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.


I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.


I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.


I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.


I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.


I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.


I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.


I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will.


I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.


As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ---Joshua 24:15
You can find out more about the movie Courageous, here: COURAGEOUS MOVIE
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