To live is Christ…

I have a tattoo behind my right ear of a skull and cross bones.  Why, you might ask would I tattoo my body with such a questionable symbol.  Let me tell you…

To me, the skull and cross bone represent the symbol of death.  As a Christ follower I am to daily die to myself, my flesh, my desires and pick up the cross of Christ and follow His will for my life.  The tattoo is inspired by this scripture.  “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21 

I can’t see the tattoo, unless I position a mirror in just the right position, but I know it’s there.  What’s even cooler is that when others see it I can share the reason behind it. 

Any tattoos out there, with stories behind them?  What are your thoughts on tattoos? 

13 Responses to “To live is Christ…”

  • anne jackson says:

    i have three…

    (in chronological order)

    1-can’t tell you what or why…would have to kill you. this story is saved for in person…

    2-“perfect love” in hebrew on my lower left leg, runs in the front from ankle to ankle. perfect love casts out fear.

    3-“grace” – in my friend lauren’s handwriting, on the inside of my right wrist. because i always need a reminder…

  • Hope says:

    I have a tattoo of the celtic symbol for the Holy Trinity. I’m very visual, I shouldn’t need the reminder, but it provides a visual connection. The Canadian flag on my lower back is my loyalty to my country. The others … well … let’s just say if there was a completely painless way to remove them, I would. It’s not that they are inappropriate, they just remind me of a time when I didn’t know Him – a very sad time. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to look at them and remember that time differently.

  • Cindy Beall says:

    I’m probably the only person on earth without a tattoo and the only person who doesn’t plan to get one. I say “doesn’t plan” because to use the word “never” is just not a good idea :)

    I think that tattoos can be great story tellers, though!

  • Christi says:

    No tattoos here….but that’s not because I don’t want one. I seriously am too chicken! I actually was at the tattoo parlor and left because I was afraid it would hurt:( I guess I can live through Brandon and encourage him to get tattoos all the time though! ha ha

  • Cindy Beall says:

    I would like to get a nose stud like Deidra, though. Or a naval ring…but only after a tummy tuck :)

  • Anna says:

    Anne–Now you’ve got me curious! I’ve also been thinking of getting one about grace… it’s the meaning of my name! and also something I need to remember!
    Hope–those tattoos you talk about can be great story tellers of God’s redemption… He is GOOD!
    Cindy–You strike me as a person who would have one… maybe someday! 😉 Let’s go get a nose stud!
    Christi–it doesn’t hurt that bad! Really… and there’s something in the ink that’s addicting!

  • massivetruth says:

    I have a flame tat between my shoulder blades. A reminder that God is a consuming fire. It hurts to be purified. It’s down right scary to approach a flame. But its worth the purity.

    I have also witnessed using my tattoo. There is a stigma that tattoos are unbiblical and Christians should never have them. I challenged it and planted some seeds in an unbeliever’s heart.

  • jimmy paravane says:

    No tattoos on my flesh or plans to get any. I have enough as it is.

  • My tatoo has meaning; however it is symbolic of my college fraternity days. Thanks for providing some life to the skull and crossbones.

    No more tatts and no more pierceings, enough said! :-)

  • Anna says:

    massivetruth–I love that! I agree, tattoos can be a GREAT way of sharing Christ’s love and life!
    Jimmy–No tats? Maybe someday! 😉
    Scott–I was thinking about getting a new piercing… on my neck! lol J/k!

  • I love it… great tatoo.
    I have one one my right arm… 2 years ago i prayed for a life mission statement… and i am pretty key on putting your money where your mouth is… so i inked it on my arm. It says in really swirrly journal like writing…. “Lead courageously, fight victoriosly, Love Immeasurably.”


  • Heather says:

    1- A rose in the same spot that my husband has a rose.
    2- Winnie the Pooh, who has been my most favorite all my life.
    3- A tribal frog…FROG (Fully Rely On God)
    Planning #4- It’ll be a cross that looks like vines with a daisy growing from the middle of it: Cross stands for new life in Christ, daisy symbolizes innocence, which Jesus was when He died to save me. It will be on a scar that I have from surgery.

  • Sarah says:

    WOW…thats awesome…didnt know you had a tattoo behind your ear. Sounds painful!!!! Were would one go to get a tattoo?

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