The movie Courageous was released a couple years ago. It is a powerful film with a powerful message. With Father’s Day fast approaching, we all need to take an honest look at ourselves and ask, “Are we doing enough?”
I will tell you what dozens of men are doing at my parish this weekend. We are promising that same resolution that the brave men in Courageous pledged to their families and their communities.
If you haven’t read it before, take a look below. This is difficult. It’s countercultural. But living out these values is a great way to keep you and your family close to Christ.
Regardless of how you feel about the film, the message rings true for all fathers.
- 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
So how are you doing? I will tell you I am not doing so well. I keep this resolution framed in my home and I keep a smaller 5×8 copy framed on my desk at work to remind me all of the time. I have a greater responsibility. I am weak but as long as I am trying to live up to these values each day, I am on a good path.
Take this Father’s Day to bring yourself and your family to the Lord and honor the Father above. Happy Father’s Day!