Courage begins with the first step…
This past Thursday I took my three teenagers and sweet baby to see the new movie, Courageous. I am sure the people around me visualized the worst case scenario of a screaming baby during the endearing, tearful scenes… yet, he was as quiet as a mouse. I had been anticipating the opening of this movie for almost two years; I knew the message would be one for all to hear. Yes, the movie was made by a church in Albany, Georgia… Yes, Christian themes and dialog intertwined throughout the entire script… and Yes, I had three teenagers who were very skeptical when walking through the front doors of the movie theater. The beginning may have been a little slow… but as the movie ended, only one thought entered my mind, “Wow! That was powerful!” Even my boys (who are more of your Lord of the Rings kind of audience) said it was actually a pretty good movie…
Oh, the role of a father.
Over the last two years, I have raised my children on my own. It has been a struggle in so many ways as I have had to be mom (a role I have learned over the last 18 1/2 years) and dad (a role I can not even begin to understand). I see the world through my feminine, creative, colorful eyes… I can only share with my children that which I know. I can not fill the role of “father”… I just can’t. That is not who I was created to be. I was not given the masculine, protector instinct that gives children such security. I can not guide my boys into adulthood to become God-loving men of honor, character and integrity. I can not model the attributes of a man that my daughter needs to see so she will seek out those same characteristics in her future husband. No matter how hard I try, I just can not be that to my children…
“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” (Author unknown)
We as a nation… as a people, need men to step up and fulfill the roles for which they were designed. To be men after God’s own heart… to love, honor and cherish their wives ’till parted by death… to lead and guide their families… to never walk away from their children. Imagine what could happen. Churches seem to be crying out to God for revival within our broken country. Really? We need to cry out to God for revival within our broken families! We need courageous men who will take back their roles within the home! Save themselves, their wives and their children. When that happens, it will permeate into the churches… then the communities, the states… our nation. How can we beg for God to fix the problems outside of the “Church” when the walls are crumbling from within?
I encourage each of you to see the movie. Take with you the men in your life, from young to old. It won’t be the 75 million dollar budget, Hollywood glamorized show with an over-paid, star-studded cast like many others you have seen. However, it will be moving… thought provoking… and possibly heart changing. Oh, and don’t forget to take some tissue with you! There will be many moments of both tears and laughter perfectly intertwined throughout the story.
“I don’t feel like I started well. I want to finish well.”
(Adam Mitchell, Courageous 2011)
It is never too late! It does not matter how many mistakes we have made as parents (oh, my list is so very long…). Courage to take that first step will make all the difference! It is never too late for us to step up and be the father or mother that God intended us to be… it is never too late for us to admit to our children that we have made mistakes but are resolved to make things right… it is never too late to heal a wounded or broken relationship… It is never too late for any of us to “finish well”! There is such beauty in courage… in the willingness to stand up and fight for those you love. There is such beauty when cowardly lions take their positions as kings of the jungle!
(see below for some resource links)
May you find the beauty in today,
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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The Movie: http://www.courageousthemovie.com/