The Aftermath of Fatherly Advice

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When I was a child my dad said to me “There is no such thing as friends.” Kind of harsh for a kid to hear…especially a kid who wanted to have friends. I didn’t want to believe my father, but he planted a seed of curiosity. Was he right? Why would he say that if he wasn’t right? Why would he say that to his kids?!?!

A couple of years ago, I realized that I can count the number of meaningful friendships I’ve had on one hand. Throughout all my school days, I wandered from group to group. When I grew tired of people (within a few weeks) I’d move on and see what else was out there.

As a young adult, I became a downtown drifter. Every now and then I try to remember the people I would hang out with and can’t even remember their last names.

Obviously, I never learned how to appreciate friendship. I’ve always loved being around people but felt that they were there for entertainment purposes. I found myself only interested in people who were able to scratch an itch. I had no desire to develop friendships that required nurturing.

In the end, that outlook affected my marriage. I had no idea how to handle issues in my marriage or how to build a sincere friendship with my husband. Whenever I felt overwhelmed I wanted to run away.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I noticed the repercussion of my dad’s ‘advice’. I love my dad dearly, but his advice came from bitterness in his heart. And that bitterness he passed on to a sponge of a little girl.

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As parents, we need to channel our childhood and learn from the mistakes our parents, and adults around us, made. Whether it was being told that “Sex is bad”, “God is always angry” or whatever gnarly advice you were told we need to understand that children are vulnerable and believe the world around them.

The Bible is full of scripture relating to fellowship but because I was so trusting of my dad’s advice, it took years for me to learn that God encourages friendship and fellowship….healthy friendship and fellowship.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

How have you seen your relationships impacted by the advice you received from others?

About Erika

Erika LutzErika Lutz (@somethnglovely) is the owner of Something Lovely (somethinglovely.us), a Blog + Shop dedicated to encouraging marital intimacy. With a passion for marriage and family, I felt the need to write about the importance of intimacy and proper communication within a marriage. Having lived a life full of mistakes and learned lessons, I feel strong about offering “what not to do” advice. I am married to a wonderful man and have 2 amazing boys. In my spare time, I sit on the floor and surround myself with fabric and sewing patterns.

 

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Comments

  1. Wanda says

    Thank you, Erika for sharing your story with us. It’s one in which I could relate. Our parents, like each of us, often do or say what they think is best at the time. However, it isn’t always the wisest advice we might have received in looking back. The beautiful things is that we are not left with just the words of others, but God has given us His Word in which we can use to filter out the truth.

  2. Michelle says

    I was horrified to read this about my dad. Not a person above reproach. but just a person. LOOK to the Father. you know him from the Bible. Abraham. and some descendants who are probably women. because I believe (Michelle BUsek) believes it’s probably easier for women to live closer to God. This is a blessing and not a right. Very true just the same.

    I feel that there is a lot of Hatred in the world and WOMEN can overcome it even in this late hour because the light inUS is VERY STRONG.

    nOT BECAUSE WE ARE BETTER OR STRONGER, BUT BECAUSE WE ARE BLESSED.

    SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT STEPPING UP. LADY

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