I’ll be honest I am really considering getting a tattoo. I feel my super white skin is a tattooer’s dream canvas and I’ve been keeping it from them for too long. Ok, so I don’t think like that, but I do think I want to get one. After all my little brother Brandon has some ink already and I can’t let him get too far ahead of me.
The problem I run into is always the same however.
“What should I get?”
I’ve gone around and around of what I want to put on my body since it will last forever. It’s ranged from Bible verses to Pound Puppies to even a glow in the dark picture of Stewart Scott from Sportscenter that can only be seen in a laser tag arena, lit up by black lights, and when he glows you can read the word “BooYah” on his left arm. Ok, so I really only have thought about Bible verses, but I had to sweeten the pot a little.
A tattoo is a permanent fixture on your body it is true. And, yes, there are some people out there that will tell you you’re going to hell if you get a tattoo. However, those guys must have missed the verse in Revelation 19 where Jesus comes back riding a horse, wearing a robe dipped in blood, with a tattoo on His leg. I mean if it’s good for Jesus, it’s good for me. But I do agree that it is a big decision and not one that you rush into. Ask any Spring Breaker that rushes into it and then later regrets getting Kermit the Frog riding in the Barbie convertible on their forearm every time they go for a job interview. All that to say, I still don’t know what I want, but when I do get one it is going to mean something deeply to me and I want to be proud of whatever marks me forever.
So I write this just days before Christmas here in Chicago. I’m preparing Christmas services at church, putting finishing touches on gifts for the kids, and mentally preparing to fly to Utah to see family the week after Christmas. I’m in a bit of autopilot mode because it seems to be the same thing year after year. Yet, I can’t help but stop and ask myself “What should I be getting out of Christmas?” “How am I being marked this year by Jesus even after all these years of celebrating?”
Sure, I could just roll through the season checking off the list of things I have to do and get to do, but I feel like there is more. I feel like I’m supposed to be changed by what we are celebrating. After all, Christmas is meant to remember God sending his only Son to the earth to save mankind from their sin. It’s not just an excuse to go into deeper Credit Card debt once a year believe it or not. There is so much power in what we are celebrating that I want more than just holiday cheer.
Then it hit me as I was studying in Deuteronomy. While Moses was addressing the Nation of Israel on the cusp of entering the Promised Land he encourages them to not just go through the motions but stop and have this moment change them.
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them to your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 11:18-19
It wasn’t enough for the people just to walk into this new land, it had to mark them. It had to change them. It had to influence their lives, souls, and beings. It was more than a new address it was a fulfillment of the promise of God started years prior with Abraham. God wanted them to tattoo this moment on them forever so they would not forget.
God wants that for me and for you this Christmas too. He wants us to tattoo the meaning and the hope of this season on our heart, mind, and soul. He wants us to impress the reason we celebrate on our children early and often in their lives. God is asking us to stop and mark this moment so permanently on our lives that every day we wake up, take a step, or lie our head down we remember Jesus and his love.
Don’t let this season passively go by with it only making an impact on your wallet. Dig deeper into the reason we celebrate and allow Jesus to mark you permanently in the way you parent, love, serve your spouse, give, use your time, and forgive. A Christmas Tattoo could be the best gift you ever give yourself and it will be a visible reminder to your soul that Jesus is more than a Season, but He is our Savior!