I am a fan of cool tattoos, great causes and faith. Give me a great cause and I will donate my time, money and promote it as much as possible. For example, just read my post about sex trafficking……
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch without doing anything” – Albert Einstein.
I believe that without a doubt.
I also have faith. My faith stems from the fact that I was bought for a price, a human life. God chose me and He chose you. We just have to accept. It’s about grace not what I have to do to earn some form of acceptance or good karma from the universe
Sometimes my faith flames a fire within me toward a cause. Like when my “adopted” mom speaks about orphans and how important we are to our Father in Heaven.
What I love most of all is when faith and a cause intersect in the form of a tattoo, like Project Semicolon: Started in 2013 to raise awareness and give hope to those struggling with depression, addiction, suicide and self-injury.
The pain is real. The struggle is real. It was for Amy Bleuel, founder and president of Project Semicolon…..
“At the age of 18, I lost my father to suicide. I had been at a low point for quite some time, but this brought more pain to my life than anything I had ever experienced. Without God’s love and grace I know that my story would never have been told. I hope that you all know that you are loved and that you are worth saving. My story isn’t over yet, neither is yours.“
I would love to get the semicolon tattoo to make a statement about my experience of being married to someone that struggles with addiction. I’ve thought a lot about it but there is something about tattoos on women, or should I say
late 40 year old women, and I just can’t do it. Don’t get me wrong, I know some women who have just the right style, just the right Boho Chicness to pull off a tattoo but not me.
When my son, Calvin, asked me if he could get a tattoo, I was willing to let him express his faith through body literature as long as he was committed to living it out in his actions. Now, both of my boys have three tattoos each and all of them confess their beliefs in God, his sacrifice, and His grace.
Romans 8 ~ Living life by the Spirit, Heirs with Christ, A glorious future planned for those that love God…….
28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Calvin’s other tattoos are a cross on the back of his shoulder and broken chains on his bicep.
My oldest son’s first tattoo says I Am Second across the top of his back…….
“I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.“
So who is first? God is first. I am second and you are too.
Remember this tattoo? I wrote about it here. It is a good reminder to give grace to others because we are all damaged goods.
Here is another one that some random guy, who came into the market, let me take a picture of. It reads, “Principalities and lies broken by the blood of Jesus.” Who knows what was going on this guy’s life to prompt him to get this written on his arm. But it is Truth! And I love it!
The only way I agreed to let my boys get tattoos is if they were going to be faith based. A dear friend posted a very cool tattoo that her college age son recently got. I am thrilled to see such bold statements of faith from the boys of this generation.
What’s your story? Is there a cause or belief that affects you so much that you would be willing to promote it through body art or a commitment to help? Leave a comment below telling us what and why and what you’re doing to make a difference.