My first Christian tattoo

I realize that my title is something of an oxymoron – especially if you believe in Leviticus 19:28. In my defense, however, I got my first Christian tattoo without knowing about Leviticus 19:28, and I did it to permanently honor my God, so I’m hoping God will see things that way as well.

My first Christian tattoo was actually my third. My first was a symbol that I made up, and I got it too small and it was done by a novice, so it doesn’t look good and no longer means much to me. My second tattoo looks good and is full of color, but I think I made a blunder there as well, because I got a Chinese symbol that supposedly meant “live in the moment,” but when I showed it to a friend from Hong Kong he said, “Oh nice. That means ‘up.'”

So, for my third tattoo I chose something that was meaningful to me as a Christian and meaningful to the Christian world as a whole. I chose Philippians 4:8. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Now, I’m not a power lifter, so I had to shorten the verse to “Phil. 4:8” to fit my skinny arm, but this tattoo has done it’s job for a long time. When I look at it, it reminds me to focus on the good in life, and not the bad. It’s easy these days to focus on the bad with coronavirus, and politics, and racial tension, and fires, and floods, and Aunt Becky going to jail, but we should really be focusing on our many blessings and the overwhelming beauty of creation. We need to focus on the forest, and not the few fallen trees. Thank you for reading my 3rd blog.

Mark Inglis

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