Last night I watched the movie Courageous with my wife, daughter and son-in-law. It was a great movie and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
Without giving anything away, the message of the movie had to do with being the best father you can be and doing it biblically.
In the movie they mention a variety of statistics that reflect the negative effects a fatherless home has on the children. It results in increased use of drugs, gang participation and committing crimes. I’ve seen a number of studies over the years that indicate children from a fatherless home are also more likely to get divorced themselves.
Being a father is not just creating a child. There are responsibilities that come with being a father, and many of these responsibilities do not belong to the mother and should never be left to the mother to fulfill.
One of the title characters in the movie realizes just what those responsibilities are and makes the decision to write a resolution, sign it and then asks his male friends to hold him accountable to that resolution.
What happens next? You’ll have to watch the movie and see for yourself. For those that are interested in the resolution, it is printed below.
Men, do YOU have the courage to print this resolution out, sign it and ask your friends to hold you accountable to it?
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