I’ve posted an interesting video commentary from Molotov Mitchell about the movie The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. The movie depicts the devastation that can be wreaked on children, especially boys, when fathers are absent, weak, or abusive. I found the piece both challenging and convicting, as well as true to life from my experiences as a police officer.
After years of continually witnessing the damage done by absent and/or abusive fathers, I came to this conclusion about my own life—my work, books, and other accomplishments will all be washed away by time, but my children and their children’s children will remember and bear the consequences of my decisions, actions, or inaction as a father. That’s a sobering and downright frightening realization. I do confess that I certainly haven’t always lived up to that ideal. But God’s grace is good, and He is the ultimate Father and Healer. His grace can bless us and teach us even in our mistakes. However, I would caution young fathers to the prioritize life well and be there for your families. Generations depend on it. Let me know what you think of the clip. God bless!