I have written a previous blog posting about the song Courageous and the significance of Micah 6:8 to Elizabeth and our family. When the movie Courageous was released John and I went to the movie theater to see it. We have always been a supporter of Sherwood Baptist who produces faith based movies. They produced Facing the Giants, Fly Wheel, Fire Proof, and Courageous. We thought Courageous was an amazing message about Father’s and their very important role in God’s eyes in our families. We felt so strongly that we told all our children that we would be babysitters and buy movie tickets if they would go watch the movie. Elizabeth took us up on the free babysitting offer and she and Sam went out for dinner and a movie and saw Courageous. Elizabeth would later comment how much she wanted to raise her young boys into Courageous men of God! Casting Crowns worked with Sherwood Baptist to write the song that would accompany the movie by the same name…..Courageous. As you listen to the song, at one point, you will hear the background vocals begin singing: Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with your God. Those three phrases are based on Micah 6:8 that says:
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
As part of Hayes’ nursery, Elizabeth had made a LARGE wall hanging with the words: Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with your God. It was to be a visual reminder to raise her boys to be courageous.
One of the most moving parts of Elizabeth and the boys’ home going service is when we played this song as part of the videography that Lauren had put together to remember Elizabeth and the boys. Our families began singing “Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with your God” while pictures were being played on screen. Next, row by row, the people in attendence joined in. It was an incredibly moving moment.
If you haven’t seen the movie Courageous, it is available at your local Christian bookstore. I would encourage you strongly to watch this movie. My favorite scene is from the end of the movie, when the main character Adam is speaking at his church. Click here: Final Speech from the Movie Courageous
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.”
Elizabeth wanted her home to be full of grace and raise COURAGEOUS boys by their already COURAGEOUS Dad!
Please click to listen to Casting Crowns sing Courageous: Courageous
The only way we’ll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous
Where are you men of courage?