Sunday, January 15, 2012


I've been wanting to watch Sherwood's latest film, Courageous, ever since I first heard they were working on another movie.  Well today I finally went to the theater with a group of my awesome college friends and watched it!  For those of you who have seen it, you know exactly what I mean when I say it's the funniest, saddest, most emotional, and most dramatic movie that they have done yet.  And for those of you who haven't seen it, you need to see it.  You can watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of just how good it is:

I could write a full-length movie review about it, but there are others who have done that so I will not bore you with another one.  I think for me, this movie had the greatest impact on an emotional level.  It's main focus is on fathers and their responsibility to their families.  It hits everything, from dads who are striving to be the BEST dad's they can be, to dads who have lost the wheel somewhere along the line.  In the film the Sheriff listed some statistics, showing how many of the problems we face in society today is a direct result of kids being left on their own without a father.  We need to face it, you need your father - whether you're eight or eighty-eight.

During the course of the movie, the question was raised, "When did you know you had become a man?"  While the discourse continued on the film, I asked myself that question.  When did I, personally, think of myself as a man instead of just a boy?  I thought about it for awhile.  There are times as a young lad when you feel all grown up, only to realize you're really not the man you think you are.  There are other times, as a young man, you wish with all your heart that you were a child once again.  Was there a certain time I realized I had entered the realms of manhood?  Some people have set goals for themselves, "When I grow a beard, when I move out, when I marry, when I get a high-paying job."  But is that really what constitutes becoming a man?  I think not.  I finally realized that for me, it was when my father left for Kosovo and I was the second oldest boy in the family.  No, we weren't boys anymore, we were men.  We had a family to look after - a mother and five siblings.  Manhood comes with responsibility.

Someday I'm going to marry the love of my life.  Someday I'm not only going to win her heart, I'm going to treasure it.  Someday I'm going to have children, Lord willing, and I'm going to teach them how to be men and women of God.  When that day comes, I am resolved to honor, cherish, love and protect my wife and kids for as long as I live.  I will join the many men before me who have resolved to do the same.

From the movie Courageous:

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

Seth Sutherland


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