What I Learned from the Movie Courageous


Yesterday, my hubby took me to see Courageous as part of my birthday week. I loved Facing the Giants, and Fireproof, and this one may be the best yet. I encourage you to support Christian films and go see it. You won’t regret it. 

Being a dad is important and I recommend all daddies go see this flick, but it was also a lesson about integrity.

DH and I teach our children, integrity means acting the same way you would in public in private.  In this story line, when a small group of men decided to be the best fathers they could be and step up as head of the home, opposition came their way.

Isn’t that always the way it goes? “Lord, give me patience.” And your next door neighbors grow corn at their front door. Or your son squirts a Capri Sun all over your laptop and then your daughter steals your nail polish, the metallic silver, and spills it all over her sink.

“Lord, help me to be kind.” And a family member decides to go all redneck on you. A church member decides to take the starring role in Mean Girls and you get to be the target.

“Lord, I am going to trust you with my finances.” And the car breaks down, the roof leaks, your boss cuts your hours, and the school wants $400 bucks for a drum.


  Yes, the minute you decide to take a step toward God, expect opposition.

And that’s what happened to these men. They were put into situations that would question their integrity.

This process called the Christian walk, it’s exactly that: A process. It isn’t easy. It isn’t problem free, but it Christ-Character building. It’s tests of faith to help us grow so that God can continue to move us into areas of more responsibility. 


“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10 NLT

There is nothing you can do in secret. You might be able to lie to your family, friends, and church pals, but you cannot hide from God. Oh, yeah, He’ll ask you what you’re doing and where you are. Not because He doesn’t know, but to give you a chance (mercy) to fess up. 


“Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?””Genesis 3:9
“Afterward, the LORD asked Cain, “Where is your brother? Where is Abel?” Genesis 4:9
Adam and his son, Cain, didn’t fess up. I think if they had, their discipline might have been less. I know when it’s my children, “If you tell me the truth, it will go easier for you.” Trouble? Yes. Less trouble? Always.
My prayer for you today is that you will walk with integrity, expect opposition and trust God to get you through it. If you haven’t been walking with integrity, fess up…to God. Give Him a shot at showing you mercy. It’s Who we serve.
So tell me, have you seen Courageous? What’d you think?
Also: I’m hosting at Living by Grace today. Come by and let’s talk about integrity.


42 thoughts on “What I Learned from the Movie Courageous

  1. Haven't seen it yet, but everyone keeps raving about this movie!

    You're right. Opposition and making a step towards God go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whenever I see someone else making that step, whether through salvation, or baptism, or some other commitment, I always pray for God to protect them from what is about to come their way. And sometimes I have to step back from my own battles and assess not what I'm doing wrong, but what I'm doing right!

    Good word this morning!

  2. This is an awesome, awesome post, Jessica!

    And so well-timed, because guess what I blogged about today? The Joy Thief. Guess what I've been praying lately? Taht I wouldn't get so bent out of shape about inconveniences or things that in all reality, aren't a big deal. Guess what happened to me yesterday? My computer crashed. My son threw a tantrum while I was on the phone with the tech guy trying to guide me through some trouble shooting options (none of which worked). So yes, opposition happens when we start asking God to help us in certain areas! By God's grace, and His grace alone, I didn't lose my temper with my son or develop any ulcers about the computer.

  3. I haven't seen it but have been hearing a lot about it!
    It's so true that conflict makes us grow. It gives us the character arc of our lives.

  4. I SO want to see it. And will eventually, I'm sure 🙂

    SO much truth here. Will see you over at LbG 🙂

  5. Oh, I loved Facing the Giants and Fireproof both were awesome films. I hadn't heard about Courageous!

    This post is spot on. When I strive to do good evil is present with me. #LordHelp!

    Love this Jessica:)

  6. Love this! One that might be good for my man and I to go see together. I am so drawn to people w/ integrity!
    ~ Wendy

  7. Good morning, everyone! Hope Wednesday is treating you fabulously. I'm home with my kid. He had a cough and then barfed before school, but hasn't since so I think it may have been drainage. I know you feel better having read that. lol

    Katie: I can relate. Oh how I can relate! Hope your computer is up and running today!

    Melissa Tin Roof: Thanks. You're smart to pray those things for those people. I need to do more of that.

    Jessica: Yes indeed. Go see it! You'll love it!

    Joanne: See you at LBG! 🙂 Thanks!

    Tamika: Google the trailer for it and I hope you get to see it soon. #Lordhelp So true and much needed!

    Wendy: I'm drawn to peeps with integrity too. They're easier to trust and it's hard for me to trust people sometimes. 🙂 It would be a great movie to see with your hubby for sure!

  8. I think my husband would enjoy this movie. He's such a great dad and husband, I think the film would affirm for him all the stuff he's doing.

    🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  9. Oh, how fresh and transparent you are, Jessica! Love that!

    We have seen all of Sherwood's films and we recently saw "Courageous" when our church rented out a theater. Laughed and cried the whole way through. It was such a powerful movie with an equally powerful message. The best one they've made yet–and I loved all of the previous ones!

  10. Great post, Jess! Haven't seen the movie but have heard the theme song a bazillion times on the radio. Does that count?

  11. Ooh, haven't seen the movie but I totally need to! Actually, I work for a homeless ministry and all our guys in recovery went to it last week – lots of tears and hopefully some changed hearts.

    Awesome post, and I loved the reminder about being faithful in the small things…

  12. Love this post! I have yet to see the movie, but will take the trip to the theater this weekend to see it. Can't wait!

  13. I haven't heard of this movie, but it sounds great. I'll put it on my list. 🙂 And it's so true about taking a step towards God and opposition coming your way. Great post!

  14. I hadn't heard of this, but it sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing your review, Jess!

  15. Hubby and I talked about going to see the movie. We've seen a few commercials for it. It looks good.

    We both loved Giants and Fireproof.

    Happy Birthday!

  16. Wonderful lessons learned. I haven't seen Courageous yet, but I plan to. Happy Birthday! Hope I'm not late in saying that.

  17. I LOVED Courageous. I laughed hysterically and cried hysterically, and I wish everyone in America would see the movie. Loved it. Did I mention that I loved it? Oh, and I'm proud that the church that produces these movies is from GA- Albany, GA is about an hour and a half southeast of where I live.

  18. Wonderful post, Jessica! You're so right about making a committment and then facing opposition immediately after. I've heard it said that if you ask God for patience, He'll give you an opportunity to be patient, and I think that's true.

    I can't wait to see Courageous. I loved Fireproof, so I'm sure Courageous will be just as good!


  19. What a great reminder, Jess! I never heard of the movie but it now on my to do list. Sounds like a great one.

    Happy birthday btw!!!!!!!!!
    Hope you are having a fabulous birthday week.

  20. I really do need to see Courageous. I love the other two movies as well and agree that we need to support these movies.

    Thanks for sharing this post, Jessica!

  21. Oh wow, you rock, girl! This post is SO good!
    I have no seen the movie. It looked good to me, but after this, I really want to see it.

  22. I haven't seen this movie, but thanks for the recommendation! It sounds awesome. 🙂

  23. I can't wait to see this film, Jessica! I loved Fireproof. And I love that terrific Christian movies are being released. How blessed are we??

    Here's to living with integrity–even when it's hard!

  24. This was an excellent post and we read it as a family tonight. I loved your point regarding Genesis 3:9 and God's response to Cain and how He gave them the opportunity to confess. May we always run straight to God when we fall short!

  25. I haven't seen it yet, but this post is so inspiring. Your blog always reminds me of the important stuff. Thanks for that.

  26. I'm anxiously awaiting this movie, just haven't had the time yet. I snortled (snorted/chortled) above with your list of how we pray to acquire a new attribute and how God answers, because, yes, that is exactly what He does with me each time. Tonight, at church, we spoke about learning to love and I almost trembled when I asked Him to work on that one with me–again. Then I came home to find this. Great post!

  27. Great post Jessica! I saw it today for my 3rd time. First was by myself, second with my wife and today with my two teenage daughters. They all loved it, and today my daughters willingly made the same pact that Nathan's daughter made with him in the movie. I wish more men would see this movie though. In all three viewings, there were much more women than men. Kinda like this post having 26 comments from women and me being the only guy. It may interest you to know that I also posted reactions of the movie in my blog

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