Adam Mitchell’s Speech for Fathers – Courageous

As a law-enforcement officer, I’ve seen firsthand the deep hurt and devastation that fatherlessness brings in a child’s life. Our prisons are full of men and women who lived recklessly after being abandoned by their fathers, wounded by the men who should have loved them the most. Many now follow the same pattern of irresponsibility that their fathers did.

While so many mothers have sacrificed to help their children survive, they were never intended to carry the weight alone. We thank God for them.

But research is proving that a child also desperately needs a daddy. There’s no way around this fact. As you know, earlier this year, my family endured the tragic loss of our -year-old daughter, Emily. Her death forced me to realize that not only had I not taken advantage of the priceless time I had with her, but that I did not truly understand how crucial my role was as a father to her and our son, Dylan. Since her passing, I’ve asked God to show me, through his word how to be the father that I need to be.

I now believe that God desires for every father to courageously step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. But more than just being there or providing for them, he’s to walk with them through their lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their father in heaven.

A father should love his children and seek to win their hearts. He should protect them, discipline them and teach them about God.
He should model how to walk with integrity and treat others with respect and should call out his children to become responsible men and women who live their lives for what matters in eternity.

Some men will hear this and mock it or ignore it.
But I tell you that as a father, you are accountable to God for the position of influence he has given you.
You can’t fall asleep at the wheel only to wake up one day and realize that your job or your hobbies have no eternal value but the souls of your children do.

Some men will hear this and agree with it but have no resolve to live it out.
lnstead, they will live for themselves and waste the opportunity to leave a godly legacy for the next generation.

But there are some men who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do for us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God with all that we are and to teach our children to do the same, and, whenever possible, to love and mentor others who have no father in their lives but who desperately need help and direction.

We are inviting any man whose heart is willing and courageous to join us in this resolution.
In my home, the decision has already been made.
You don’t have to ask who will guide my family, because by God’s grace, I will.
You don’t have to ask who will teach my son to follow Christ, because l will.
Who will accept the responsibility of providing and protecting my family? I will.
Who will ask God to break the chain of destructive patterns in my family’s history? I will.
Who will pray for and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do?
I am their father. l will.

I accept this responsibility, and it is my privilege to embrace it.
I want the favor of God and his blessing on my home.
Any good man does.
So where are you, men of courage?
Where are you, fathers who fear the Lord?
It’s time to rise up and answer the call that God has given to you and to say, “I will. I will. I will.”


13 thoughts on “Adam Mitchell’s Speech for Fathers – Courageous

  1. Good day
    Glory be gien to the Lord, who is with us all step of the way. The only thing with us is that we are looking at the wrong end.
    I have watched the movie over and over, I even got the sound tracks of the movie.
    I’m in South Africa please how do I get hold of the book and the resolution certificate. I watched this movie at the right time, I’m a man of about 37 years old been married to a 28 yrs old lady we are expecting our 1st child.
    I must raise my family under the control of the Lord.

    I would like to say those who did the movie God be with them at their family bless them that have revealde what a man of God must stand for or do.
    By the grace of the lord will change the world, by the grace of the Lord will raise families that love God and fear him, we will be faithfull to our wives and respect them.
    In the Name of our Lord Amen

  2. My husband and I went to see this movie last night at 1st Presbyterian Church and we both thought it was not only a fantastic movie but a must see especially for couples who are having children for the first time. When I married my husband 29 years ago I beat my head up against a brick wall with my husband’s parents and the way that I saw our children and how we wanted to raise them. One thing from the very beginning is for my husband to have father-daughter dates and for him to be as involved with their raising because both of our fathers were always gone before we woke up in the morning and we were in bed by the time they came home. I know for myself I didn’t really know who my dad was until I was 20 years old–I was closer to my mother’s brother because he spent far more time with me in the three years he was with me than my own dad did.

  3. I love the movie so much I have watched five times. I watched a clip of the movie asking men of courage to step up. Since then I have began a mentorship programme for boys in juvenile prison in Kenya. This movie totally changed my life

  4. TN Fryeguys
    Saw Fireproof and was interested in Courageous. Watched it and this has my favorite movie, ever!! Bought a copy of the movie and the Resolution to give my son in law for Christmas since he will be the father of a 3yr old and an expecting any time baby. This has also been a baby shower gift I give to the Dad [Baby is always guest of honor and Mom gets some special goodies too] but I feel this will give the Father a blueprint to help shape and guide the next generation.
    Please keep making these great Christian based films

  5. I love this movies, I enjoy all these movies as I have learned a lot out of them. I as a father is a better father, husband and man because of these movies. The Lord has blessed me more since I have turned back to Him.

  6. i love this movie so much,i have repeated it over and over again.Funny how,it never gets old or boring…May God bless the writers and make them bring out more inspirational movies in future.Amen

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