My third Christian tattoo

For my third Christian tattoo I got “Emmanuel” in blue ink on my right forearm. It goes from right below the bend of my elbow down to my wrist. For those of you who read my previous blog about my first Christian tattoo, I’m sure you’re wondering what happened to number 2? Well, the answer is that my brain does not always work chronologically or sensibly, for that matter, so today I was thinking about number 3.

I got “Emmanuel” tattooed on my arm for all to see for 3 reasons. First of all, for obvious reasons, it’s there to show the world who I believe in and who believes in me. God with us. I don’t want people who see me out in public for the first time to have any doubt. It’s also a witnessing tool. I’ve had people ask me about it and that gives me the chance to explain.

Secondly, and more personally, it is my reminder that God is with me. I don’t have to be afraid. I don’t have to be anxious. I don’t have to hurry. I don’t have to worry about the corona virus. I don’t have to worry about politics and politicians. I am safe because God is with me.

The third reason is tied in with the second, but has a slightly different slant. My tattoo is there to remind me that God is with me – like all of the time – so I’d better watch myself – like all of the time! I can’t cover it with long sleeves and hide from God if I want to sin. I can’t cover it with tape and go undetected if I want to be selfish and self absorbed. God with us. Always. Thank you for reading my 10th blog.

Mark Inglis

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