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The Only Constant

Tattoos hurt. A lot.

Okay. Maybe not all of them. I have 4, and the last 3 have hurt like junk.

Before I proceed, if you’re anti-tattoo, then that’s okay. But, I respectfully ask that you refrain from commenting about it. Thanks!

“Adopted” in Greek

As I sat in the chair, getting this one done, I was nervous as could be. I had no clue what to expect. But, all it felt like was a bunch of scratching, and boom he was done with ink. I began to think, “These are super easy to get!”

Until I got this one…

The Chi Rho, which symbolizes Christ's deity and resurrection, is the first christogram documented in history. Emperor Constantine, during his miraculous conversion, saw this image in a dream and used it on his currency, war banners, and official documents.
The Chi Rho, which symbolizes Christ’s deity and resurrection, is the first christogram documented in history. Emperor Constantine, during his miraculous conversion, saw this image in a dream and used it on his currency, war banners, and official documents.

After sitting in the same chair with the same artist for 3 hours, I quickly recanted my earlier statement about them being super easy to get. So I took some time away from tattoos before I got this next one.

“Glory To God Alone” in Latin

While this one took a considerably shorter amount of time, and had a lot less ink, I think the idea that tattoos hurt had worn off and I was stunned by how much pain was involved. So I waited quite a bit longer until I got this last one.

“It Is Finished” in Greek; Jesus’ last words on the cross

And holy moley did it hurt. And once again, I had forgotten just how much pain went into getting these things.

 

Do you see the pattern? The first instance of change was awesome, and felt so good, and made me think that change was going to be easy. And that didn’t last long, since change began to hurt more and more each time. Yes, it was totally worth it, but goodness did it hurt.

We all go through changes in our lives. Sometimes I even think that the only constant outside of God IS change. Whether it be with the people in our lives, the situations, or our surroundings, change is always happening in some way, shape, or form.

But we get used to the change. We adapt to the new things in our lives and they become our new normal. And it’s like we had never lived without that new thing.

Change indicates growth. God uses change in our lives to grow us into the men and women that He wants us to be, pruning out and grafting in what may or may not need to be a part of who we are.

So, when change comes in your life, welcome it. Be flexible when it comes to changes and adaptations. Jay Strack, president of Student Leadership University, always says, “Blessed are the flexible, for they won’t be bent out of shape.” And it’s true. Flexibility and adaptability to God-instituted change is how we won’t get bent out of shape.

It took me quite awhile to get used to my tattoos. There are still some days where I forget that I have them, and I legitimately freak out when I look down and see one. But I realize that they make me who I am, and tell the story of God’s faithfulness in my life, and proudly wear the change like a badge of honor.

 

hat has been the craziest change in your life?

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