Mark and Grace Driscoll on How to Be Healed of a Deep Father Wound

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A mixed martial arts fighter named Jens Pulver had grown up under the worst of circumstances, including an incident where his dad put a gun in 7-year-old Jens’ mouth but then pulled it away, saying, “You aren’t worth the bullets.”

Pulver became a Christian later in life and fought his way through the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship to win his weight class.

Pulver says, “When I was 15 I made myself a promise….one day I’m going to get so famous that I’m going to tell everybody about him. I’m going to get so famous that they are going to listen. It took me 20 years, but it kept me out there chasing the dream until I became a world champion.”

Pulver was fighting his dad every time he climbed in the ring. He had a father wound.

Everyone is marked, positively or negatively, by their earthly father. Although everyone’s family experience is unique, we have identified five general categories of fathers.

  1. Tragic dad—this father isn’t in the picture for some tragic reason (death, permanent debilitating medical problem).
  2. Terrible dad—this father is absent for no good reason (runs off either before or after kids are born, shows little to no interest in being a parent).
  3. Tough dad—this father is overbearing, dominating and intimidating (threatens like a drill sergeant, pushes like a bad boss or yells like an awful coach). The tough dad abuses his family.

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SOURCE: Charisma News