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.