Today my husband and I watched a really good movie, Courageous. It is about some Sheriff Deputies who are not only finding their way with their families but with God as well. It really tugs at your heart (so ladies have Kleenex ready!) and really opens your mind.
This movie was amazing! It features 4 deputies and 1 civilian who come together over fatherhood. First, there is the dad who is divorced and sees his son every other weekend, then the dad who one would say is over protective of his daughter (I see my husband being that way when my daughter is dating age), the dad who isn’t in his child’s life at all, the dad who is doing everything he can to provide for his family, and the dad who makes the story- the one who thinks he is doing enough. Together these men come together and find God and make a vow to be Godly Fathers.
I am sure we all can sit back and relate to one of these types of parents. Heck I can relate to a few of them to be honest. I know this movie is from a dad’s perspective but it really made me think- how am I as a Mom. How often do we take for granted the time we have with our kids. Today it is easy to find parents who are more concerned with being a friend, or just not being involved and sending them off to play while they hide behind phones and computers. Seeing that and seeing the movie made me grateful for my parents. They disciplined me when needed , knew all my friends (and their parents) and set house rules that were to be followed till the day I moved out. Their marriage showed me how to love and their relationship with us kids taught me how to be open. I don’t think I would be where I am today with out them.
The movie also made me think if I am doing enough as a Mom. I try to spend a little time each day one on one with my kids. I email my son’s teacher to “check in” and see if his days are going as good as he says. I talk with my daughter’s teacher every morning before dropping her off. I try to feed them healthy foods, and feed their souls with the same morals my parents taught me. I know I could probably not use my phone to check emails or check in on facebook as much, I already do not work on this blog unless they are in bed or at school. What examples am I setting for my kids also run into my mind. Am I teaching them to be honoring to their father and to God. Am I teaching them to love and to be kind to each other?
Going forward I am going to try harder. I am going to try teaching them to be positive more, to look to God during a time of need. I am going to try to not swear, to not talk badly of others, to not call names when I am made. I am going to try to be more calm and level head. I am going to follow the ending of Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my house, we will serve the lord”
I am truly blessed to have had been raised by 2 people who loved me unconditionally and who have been there as much as they are. I can only hope that I can be as good of a parent as my parents were.