Last night my husband and I chose to watch a movie that had been highly recommended to us by several of our friends. The movie was “Courageous.” We borrowed it from a friend who had enjoyed the movie so much, he chose to purchase it for his personal movie library.
Both my husband and I weren’t pulled into the movie by the acting or the plot. What captivated us was the message of the film. It not only gave us pause to reflect on experiences we had with our dads and the way we deal with the concerns and problems we face in life, but the powerful message of the movie compelled us to look closely at our own parenting. Several times the emotions felt took my husband to tears. I highly recommend the movie. The following is the resolution that five courageous fathers made to their families.
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