Good evening all!
I watched Courageous over the weekend and I have to say that that is one of the best movies I've seen in awhile! It is obvious that it is not a big-budget movie and you will probably not recognize the actors, but it has a fantastic storyline and the message that the Kendrick brothers are trying to get across is received loud and clear. So many families are torn apart by divorce, drugs, alcohol, etc. and many times, it's the father who is out of the house. Some children flourish regardless of their circumstances while some turn to drugs and alcohol themselves as well as gangs, violence, theft and eventually end up in jail. The cycle then continues with the next generation. While the movie focuses on fathers, it is an important lesson for mothers as well. We all need to be a big part of our children's lives and teach them the values that God wants us all to have. We need to stay involved, do things with them and lead them down the right path. Of course, I'm not naive and I know that there will always be some children who will go down the wrong road regardless of what we teach them. We just have to be there for them and pray that they will eventually reach out to us and to God for help.
My church had a Courageous men's Bible study group and at the end of the series, they all signed the Resolution that was signed in the movie. I wish I had gone to that church service to witness that because I'm sure that was a very moving and powerful moment.
I like to think of myself as a good parent, but I saw some of myself in Adam Mitchell played by Alex Kendrick. I can sometimes withdraw from my family even when I don't mean to. I may have other things on my mind or I'm tired or I don't feel good or I'm trying to get things done...the list of excuses can go on and on. Sometimes, my 6 year old will act out just to get my attention even if it's the bad kind. This movie made me stop and think about the example that I'm setting for him. It's not going to take a tragedy to make me open my eyes. I may not have signed the Resolution, but I'm going to make sure to be a better parent to him, to not dismiss him when I'm trying to get things like laundry and dishes done. If you haven't seen the movie, I strongly encourage you to watch it. It will open your eyes too.
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Note: No one asked me to do this review, so I was not compensated for it nor did I receive a free copy for review. I did it on my own after watching it on my DVR and just wanted to share with all of you.