Nichole told me about this movie called, Courageous.
She said that at her church they had a special meeting to emphasize the importance of families and used some quotes from the movie.
I decided that Milt and I would watch the movie. The movie is definitely “cheesy” and the acting isn’t the best but the message is stellar!
I had to hold back tears in scene after scene after scene.
This is a low-budget movie that was written by some patrons of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.
The film was produced with a budget of $2 million, but on its opening weekend it grossed $2 million in pre-sales alone and grossed $9.1 million total for the weekend.
Here are a few quotes from the movie that I really liked:
Adam Mitchell: I don’t want to be just a ‘good enough’ Dad
Adam Mitchell: Losing someone is like losing a limb.. eventually it will heal, but it will never be the same.
"It’s our hope that men watch this film, see a little bit of themselves on the screen, and say that’s the kind of dad I am, but (this is) the kind of man I need to be," said Alex Kendrick.
The storyline’s irony is that much of the crime these officers battle is linked to criminals who were raised in fatherless homes, which gives these officers even more reason to take seriously their role of fathering.
"The kids typically who have no fathers are the ones who end up being in gangs," said Jim Salo, executive director of American Police Chaplains Association. "The gang members want to recruit young people and they will tell them in no uncertain terms ‘you’re family.’"
"I’ve seen first hand the deep hurt and devastation that fatherlessness brings in a child’s life. Prisons are full of men and women who loved recklessly after being abandoned by their fathers. Wounded by the men who should have loved them the most. Many now follow the same pattern of irresponsibility that their fathers did. While so many mothers have sacrificed to help their children survive.. They were never intended to carry the weight alone. We thank God for them. Research is proving that a child also desperately needs a daddy. There’s no way around this fact! I believe that God desires every father to courageously step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. More than just being there or providing for them he’s to walk with them through their lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their Father in Heaven. A father should love his children and seek to win their hearts. He should protect them, discipline them, and teach them about God. He should model how to walk with integrity and treat others with respect and should call out his children to become responsible men and women who live their lives for what matters in eternity. Some men will hear this and mock it or ignore it. But I tell you as a father, you are accountable to God for the position of influence he has given you. You can not fall asleep at the wheel only to wake up one day and realize that your job or hobbies have no eternal value, but the souls of your children do! Some men will hear this and agree with it, but have no resolve to live it out. Instead, they will live for themselves and waste the opportunity to leave a godly legacy for the next generation. But there are some men who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do for us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God and to teach our children to do the same and whenever possible to love and mentor others who have no fathers in their lives, but who desperately need help and direction."
The main character came up with a plan for responsible men to step up and promise to protect their families always.
The men must take an oath to accept “The Resolution Message.” The men must come to understand that it is their solemn duty that was completely binding like a contract.
The Resolution Message: "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
One of my favorite songs is, “Families Can Be Together Forever.”
I have a fam’ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
Fam’lies can be together forever
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.
2. While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.
The world would be so much more at peace if we all would keep commitments that we have taken and think of others first.
I am grateful for the message in the movie, Courageous, and the thoughts it has stirred in my soul.