Courageous- Where are you Men of Courage?
Tonight, the stars were aligned and I was saying to myself as I cuddled up on the couch between my two favorite girls on this planet and my boys littered over the remaining living room furniture- Bring the Dogmatism On Baby! I was not disappointed. There is a soft spot in my heart for unapologetic movies that unashamedly proclaim our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This was one of those, and tonight, I was looking forward to it.
This is the fourth movie produced by Sherwood Pictures, a Baptist ministry out of Albany, GA. Considering their most recent release, they are improving by leaps and bounds. This movie had all 7 of us simultaneously tearing up and laughing all together. I had my 9 year old daughter hugging on my left side as my beautiful wife clutched my right hand. That alone made the movie AWESOME.
There are many places you can read about the storyline of the movie but there was one particular aspect that really hit me where it was designed to, where it was meant to leave a mark-
"The Resolution" really hit home with me.
"The Resolution" was written by the main character "Adam" (who is also the producer- Alex Kendrick) when he has one of the worst tragedies that can befall a man. I'll try not to spoil anything if you are reading this but have yet to see the film, but in the face of our biggest fears, when our deepest nightmares come true, we get a unvarnished glimpse directly into our own souls- particularly our shortcomings. The glimmering veneer we place over aspects of our lives so that the reflection comes back the way we want to see them is completely stripped away and what we are left with is a psychologically nude snapshot of ourselves. We realize exactly what we could have done better- what we may have missed out on.
There are many ways to handle a shock to one's system when these tragedies occur. We can retreat into the dark recesses of drugs and alcohol, we can retreat into the hermit's life of isolation and depression, among many other horrible outcomes we tend to choose for ourselves. Adam's choice in the movie was to draw up The Resolution.
In a moment of clarity, he tells his close friends about the resolution he is drawing up and they decide they're going to join him in his fight to better himself by bettering themselves along side him. There's always strength in numbers. To the point where they decide that this resolution is important enough to create a ceremony commemorating the signing of this resolution, this vow to not wait until the next tragedy strikes to decide to improve themselves. They're going to begin today, and they're going to include those that they love the most.
The moment that scene ended, I knew I was going to do this as well. I want to reproduce that scene in my own home.
I will create this document myself, hold a family meeting where we as a family will discuss the contents of this document, have a formal signing ceremony, and proudly place this on a wall in our home for all to see. This I am going to do because it is the right thing to do and I am a proud Father of 5 incredible children and the husband of an amazing Angel from Heaven that deserves nothing less.
I want this to serve as a reminder for those times when I am at a loss or at wits end, of what is most important. I also want to share it with those who I love and with those who may need a reminder that as a Father (and especially a Mother) we are tasked with one of the greatest responsibilities that can be granted us in this lifetime- the care, nurturing, loving, and the teaching of our children.
If you are a Father of children and you desire to Stand Up and say "I WILL", send me a message, an email, or a phone call to let me know. There is power in numbers. This is a message that needs to be spread, shared, and a fellowship will develop. Where there is accountability, there is action.
Here is the final scene of the movie (and if you haven't seen it yet, watch the movie first!) and I couldn't have said it better myself:
If you have a facebook profile, like The Resolution For Fathers page. I created it as I was writing this blog post. It would be nice to create a community where this message can be disseminated through the country and through the world. Who knows what this may lead to!?
Oh, and if you haven't seen "Courageous" yet, watch it as soon as you can, especially if you're a Father.