Some stories of men, courageous men: “My father never really cared. Sometimes he would say he loves me and that he was sorry. But he was unable to show it.”
“My marriage fell apart a few months ago, now I’m left to care for my son.”
“We have been married for a few months now, but I want to know how I can get that connection with her 6 year old daughter.”
These are some stories of men.
Yet courageous men! Because they made a decision: a decision to not sit down and give up. But, inspired by the movie Courageous, to stand up. These men had the courage to come to one of our meetings to be encouraged by other fathers and men.
What gets you from courageous to contagious? When a man decides to forgive and to let go of the past mistakes of others. That is when you can acknowledge responsibility for your role as man and father. Until that point, you are just a victim. A victim of your parents, your ex, her parents or all the other circumstances. And then you’re exactly where the enemy wants to keep you: in defeat!
I believe this is the reason for the Resolution to start with this:
I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
The first thing that Adam didn’t do when sin came into the world was to take responsibility. He blamed God and his wife! We can learn the lesson and step up to the plate and say: I WILL take responsibility!
And responsible, courageous men are very attractive! In the presence of such a man you get hope. It challenges you in your beliefs. It is CONTAGIOUS!
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