I was invited to see Courageous as a preview. I was looking forward to seeing a movie, because I love going to the theatre. The showing was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. At 9:00 we got a phone call that the house we were planning to moving into in less than a week fell through. We were really excited about that house! We thought God had miraculously provided. The movie flew out of my head as we went to see another house. My emotions were disgruntled, my kids were upset. It was a big change of plans and we had to shift really quickly.
“God what are you doing?” I wondered. The house had seemed like such a miracle, and now we were so disappointed. We said yes to the second house, but were still in grief over the first one. During that time the movie preview was postponed to 1:30. At 1:20 my daughter said to me, “Mom lets go to a movie.” I suddenly remembered Courageous
I was not expecting the range of emotions that Courageous took me on. I laughed, (really laughed) I cried (get-out-the-tissues-and-pass-them-down-the-row cried). I enjoyed it and the values resonated deep in my spirit. Values are very important to me and it was great to see a movie with such a strong message about priorities.
It brought me to tears
At one point during the film my eleven year old asked why I was crying. (Any parent will understand why I was crying, but it was lost on her.) I was crying because I love my kids SO much, and because we are SO rich because we have them. I cried because I miss my son and daughter who live in heaven. I cried for the reminder to appreciate my family and take seriously my responsibility and to laugh and dance and spend time with them. I cried because no matter where we live we are together and we have each other and THAT is what matters MOST.
I walked out of the theatre with a new perspective. We already have the thing that is the most important. I was still disappointed to lose the house, but chose to focus with gratitude on the great things about our new home instead. Perspective can make all the difference. I have recently learned that if we want to control our emotions we need to control our thoughts. It sounds simple but is hard to practice.
Courageous reminds us to focus on what is truly important: family, values, integrity. These are the things that last beyond the moment. I love my family and if we live in a shack and are safe and healthy, we still have much to be thankful for!
It takes courage to face both the daily things and the BIG things that life throws at us. This movie features several men who face both the big and small decisions with priorities based on family values. I was truly moved.
As a Christian who fully embraces the values of the film, I would love to see you all go opening weekend so that we can make a statement that good movies are wanted in our culture. This movie’s message is SO important for our culture. The next generation needs parents focused on character, love, integrity, involvement, and time spent together.