This weekend I finally got to go on a date with Ray and see the movie Courageous, made by the same producers of Fireproof and Flywheel. It’s a movie about four men who are law enforcement officers who find that fatherhood can be just as challenging, if not more so, than their difficult jobs each day…and they need God’s help to do it effectively. A sudden tragedy binds them all together and causes them to wrestle with their doubts, fears, and faith…and to wonder, as men do after watching this movie, Am I a good father? More importantly, a godly father?
Fireproof is one of my favorite movies, so I was a little skeptical going into the theatre that another movie made by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA, could even come close to Fireproof. But this movie made me laugh and cry. The movie also inspired me. Even Ray liked it – who is a hardcore sci-fi or action movie guy (you know, blood, gore, guns, knives, machine guns, racing cars, exploding buildings, exploding people, etc.).
Not everyone grows up in a home with a godly, or good, father. Statistics show that 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes, 90% of homeless and runaways come from fatherless homes, and 63% of youth suicides come from fatherless homes. “Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.” (source: http://thefatherlessgeneration.wordpress.com/statistics/)
This just means that we all need a godly, loving, strong father. Children need a good daddy!
If you didn’t have that, as so many people haven’t, then you can have a good Father through God. The Bible says God is a Father to the fatherless and a protector of widows. (Psalm 68:5) Come to God today, and let Him be the Father to you that you might not have ever had – and need.
Video of Courageous