One of my 30 before 30 things was to get a tattoo. It may seem a bit cliche, but here is my lifelong thought process on deciding to do it:
teenage years-26ish: tattoos are ridiculous and I am never going to put ink into my skin. I mean really, injecting ink into your own skin?! and the pain! Everything about that is completely absurd and that’s never gonna happen.
27-28ish: you know, tattoos are kind of cool. I really like a lot of other people’s, but I could never get one myself because there’s absolutely no way I would ever be able to decide on one thing to have forever. Forever is a really long time and I’m way too indecisive.
28-29: there are way more things in life that are actually a big deal, and tattoos are not one of them. The way you choose to live your life, for example. Or what kind of person you choose to be. Those are the important things in life not dying your hair or getting another piercing, and not getting a tattoo. I’m going to get one one day, because why not?
29: I’m definitely getting an ampersand on my wrist. Because I love ampersands (&&&!) and I can’t really think of anything else to get.
29 and 2 weeks: Psalm 27. My Psalm. That’s what my first tattoo will be, no question or hesitation about it.
29 and 5 weeks: I LOVE MY TATTOO AND I WANT MOOOORE!
So there’s my answer to why I got it. And now onto why I got what I got. Got it? ;)
Short back story: I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember and in my teens I made the choice for myself to live my life with God at the center. Which I’ll admit I definitely fail at on a daily basis, but I’m a work in progress.
Sometime in my late teens years I read Psalm 27 and these verses really stood out to me:
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
Psalm 27:13-14 (NKJV)
This became my life’s mantra of sorts. Most people who know me think that I’m super laid back and easy going. I’m generally a happy person and I don’t get stressed very easily.
This is fairly accurate, but I definitely wasn’t born this way. I’m this way because of those verses up there and the God that I believe in.
There have been so many times in my life when I for sure would have lost heart, given up, given in, quit, or let stress and anxiety take over. But instead I give my worries to God. I believe in his goodness, I wait for Him, and He strengthens me.
Now, I will say that there have been a lot of times where I haven’t done that and that’s why life gets to me and everything starts to unravel. And I still do that. Why? I really don’t know. But thankfully God is forgiving and is always waiting for me to come back to Him. And then things fall back into place and I find His peace again.
Wow, that got really personal.
I don’t talk about my faith as much as I should (again, work in progress) but there’s a small glimpse into my life and my faith…. and the reason behind my first ink.
**my other favorite verses, which have a very similar message, are Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”