Scars are tattoos with better stories. Tattoos may be reminders of where you have been, but scars are evidence that you are stronger than whatever tried to harm you!
Scarring shows wounds that are repaired. Scars represent a closed wound; tokens that remind us of the suffering we overcame; the physical hurt and pain are over. Scars reveal a wound that has been healed. Scars prove you are an overcomer.
It is nearly impossible for me to hide the numerous scars I have, I don’t even try. Being shot with M-16 rifles caused a lot of physical damage. Over the years I have had many repairs to joints and nerves.
Each surgery leaves new scars. I am still recuperating months later from nerve repair and reconstruction of my thumb. Fiberglass casts kept me from typing and restricted other activities. I am on the mend now, having occupational therapy to strengthen my hand. I know that Jesus understands my pain and sorrow. Because He is called a Man of Sorrows, He can empathize with me and share in my pain.
Tattoos often showcase a remembrance of an event, a memorial to a loved one, a rite of passage, or a form of self-expression. Some are inked to create beautiful artwork and make a fashion statement..
Sex-traffickers often brand their victims with the trafficker’s name or a bar code. This serves as a sign of ownership. If they run away, they can be identified and sent back to their “owner.”
Gang members use tattoos as patches declaring their loyalty to their club. Women often have property patches tattooed on them, identifying their allegiance to one gang member.
What if a tattoo turns out to be a mistake and a scar has formed on the skin? The ink is permanent. Tattoo remorse can be altered with expensive cover-up designs or tedious and painful laser treatments. For two years I endured laser treatments to remove a property patch. Was it worth the time and pain? Absolutely, I belong to Jesus!
If you are considering getting a tattoo, think carefully. Make sure you know why you’re doing it, and you’ll feel good about it a year from now (or ten).
Tattoos may be reminders of where you have been, but scars are evidence that you are stronger than whatever tried to harm you!
Thank you, Lord, for the hope and healing we have in you. You came to heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds. Psalm 147:3
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Thanks for sharing!
Love and Blessings,