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Tattooed forever with His love.
January 28, 2015
Some people hate them, considering them frivolous wastes of money at best and bodily mutilation at worst. And some people wear them proudly, as living art, drawing their hopes and history on their skin.
I know a lady who has a cross on her inside forearm, and a man who has the USMC insignia.
Despite the pain of permanent ink going into flesh, they both wanted tattoos.
And in both cases, the tattoo is a way of displaying their inner identity on the outside.
She wanted to forever bear a reminder of her crucified King, and he was shaped and formed by his two tours in Iraq. The tattoos are memorials and reminders.
Or as Samuel Kee says, "Tattoos are tributes to and trophies of what it means to be human."
So what if we had tattoos not only on our skin, but on our soul?
The kind that not even Wrecking Ball Tattoo Removal could take away?
The kind that we'd never regret? (Unlike that alligator tattoo on your leg....)
What if God stamped them on us before we were born?
Samuel Kee says that we do have Soul Tattoos. He says there are four main ones, each a statement of truth, that points us back to our core identity. He says we'll never outgrow them either- instead we'll grow up *into* them.
You are Mine.
(This is God's first word to us. We are his, made in his Image.
We are his in body and soul, created and redeemed. )
I will be with you.
(This promise makes the world less frightening, because God doesn't just claim us- he keeps us.
He doesn't just call us, he holds us.)
I Love You.
(The words that leave us awed and glory-dazzled. The Divine love that called the world into being is not just a cosmic force. It's personal love, coming from a Person we can know.)
I Created you for My Glory.
(This one is promises of our purpose. It says that we human beings
possess worth and dignity, and that our work has meaning.)
In this new book, Samuel Kee leads us to consider each of these tattoos.
As we read, we use our holy imagination to see them on our own soul, indelible reminders of who we are and where we are headed.
And most of all we learn to see these tattoos as revelations of the One who placed them there.
(Note- one of my favorite sections was when Pastor Kee applied Isaiah 62:12 to the individual. He said we have four new names. "The Holy People." "The Redeemed of the Lord." "Sought Out." And "A City Not Forsaken." Each one tells us something about ourselves, but ultimately it tells us about God. Our new identity finds its source in his Goodness, Mercy, Grace, and Holiness.)
So grab Soul Tattoo. And read it slow, with a pen to make notes. And be overwhelmed with the knowledge that God really does say that stuff about us, because that's the kind of God he is.
And because tattoos are often big and colorful and obvious- you'll be inspired to start seeing these Soul Tattoos first when you look at other people, and the way you relate to them will improve.
Thank you David C Cook for my review copy of this provocative and comforting book.