Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing the unfolding of the movie “Courageous” with a special group of people.
As we prepared for our Private Screening of this movie, I set up the FGF Table with sign-in sheet and all the banners. For many reasons I was nervous about this event. As I waited for the first person to arrive, I talked with Justin who is the Manager at the AMC Theater. He eased my nerves by telling me that people are ALWAYS late to screenings. And yesterday… WAS NO EXCEPTION! I decided to go and watch the movie after I got every one settled.
Without revealing too much of the movie, “Courageous” presents the life of someone we all know and love. Its plot showcases the multicultural truth of the fatherless epidemic. I was in complete awe of how EVERY aspect of being “Fatherless” was played out. Man #1 was at home with his family but appeared disinterested in his children’s lives. He sat in the chair with the remote control watching TV as his son came in the house from a run barking orders and did not move as his wife prepared the children for bed. Man #2 appeared to be a stable family man, but underneath it all there was real pain due to the fact he had grown up without EVER meeting his biological father. He contributed his success to a man in his neighborhood who mentored him. Man #3 is divorced and struggles with child support and visitation of his young son. Man #4 is still dealing with the affects of his parents divorce and has a secret of his own. Man #5 has a family he loves, adores but struggles to financially support.
As the movie reveals the “proclamation” and oaths are taken, you discover very quickly the power behind its purpose. From this moment forward I couldn’t stop crying. The message in this movie is so powerful you began to desire for men all over this world to rise up so we could have this feeling in our lives and not just in a movie! One of the most profound quotes from the movie is when Man #1 says, “God wants me to call out the MAN in my son!” By the end of the movie we witness the power of its message as men in OUR theater began to STAND with pride. By the end of the movie the men in our theater cried as they released the pain and hugged one another for support!
I may not be a man, but I STAND in support of men all over this world who take the responsibility of Being Courageous.