Tattoos are pieces of art you wear on your body. It could be an image or a symbol of a loved one who has passed away, or a design that reminds you of a major event in your life. A tattoo could even be a quote from a favorite movie or novel. Whichever reason you chose to get a tattoo, it will be a constant reminder of who you were and where you were when you got it.
My husband and I each have tattoos that are symbolic of our personal faith journeys. Our decision to get a tattoo was not flippant; we knew that when we had the ink applied it would be there until we died. I started thinking about the other marks I had on my body. I have scars from cuts and scrapes, minor burns, and stitches. But, do I have the marks on me from where Jesus impacted my life? If someone were to see me, would they also see the fingerprints of God on me?
The more I thought about this idea, the more I realized I need to work on the image I have– not the one that society may say is acceptable or not. The one that says “I belong to God.”
There is a quote often associated with St. Francis of Assisi, ” Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words.” It is this idea of living out loud the love of God, showing it in my day-to-day actions, like a visible tattoo for all to see, that is my heart. I don’t do it well, I certainly don’t do it perfectly, but I do pray that it is seen by others. May they in turn, live out loud their faith, pointing others to the incredible God they follow.
Let mercy lead
Let love be the strength in your legs
And in every footprint that you leave
There’ll be a drop of grace
If we can reach
Beyond the wisdom of this age
Into the foolishness of God
That foolishness will save
Those who believe
Although their foolish hearts may break
They will find peace
Where mercy leads
Let Mercy Lead
by Rich Mullins