Here’s a commitment I think all men should make; it’s from the Courageous movie:
I DO and solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children.
I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home.
I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me.
I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength.
I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly.
I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy.
I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect and compassion.
I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family.
I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.
I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.
I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word and do His will.
I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory.
The resolution above says “I WILL”, but I would replace that with “I DO”.
Men, we don’t have to wait until we’re married to do this.
Start NOW and become the strong men that our families need us to be!
ALL men are called to be Fathers. Our wife is the the woman God created for us or the Church who is one with Love. Our children are the beautiful images of God that God creates with our participation or the beautiful images of God we adopt spiritually.
Guys, our goal is to be fathers. When we order our lives with God in the highest place and take responsibility for ourselves and others we become men. When we are fathers to ourselves and for others, we are men of honor.
Saint Joseph, PRAY FOR US!