Saturday, December 29, 2007

My Tattoo

I never got a tattoo when I was in the Navy. I couldn't think of anything that I wanted to have on my body for the rest of my life. The ideas I did come up with are, in retrospect, really dumb - a happy face on my palm or a tattoo of Eyeore. I can't tell you how happy I am that I didn't get those tattoos.

After we got married I started to think of tattoos that would represent how I felt about Tabitha. I asked my tattooed friend T.J. what he thought of a little stick of dynamite (TNT... Tim 'n Tabitha... get it?). His answer was succinct, "That's stupid." So I went back to drawing (thinking) board.

I am a little superstitious about tattooing Tabitha's name on my body. She would probably dump me as soon as the ink dried. And then I would have a constant reminder of my stupidity. I still wanted something meaningful that didn't say "Tabitha."

And then I had an idea. Ephesians 5:25 states "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." It's a beautiful verse that sums up how every husband should act toward his wife. Paul set the bar very high. We (husbands) should be striving for this every day.

I got inked. On my finger. Underneath my wedding ring.

Do I succeed at living up to the verse? Not always. Do I trust in God enough to help me live up to it? Sometimes. Do I have a constant reminder of how I should be treating my wife? Yes.


Arthur said...

three cheers for tim - tattoos, though of the devil, are cool. have i every shown you my "melissa" tattoo? if not, email me and i will send it to you (i also have it on my facebook). it's wort a look. i'm planning on getting new ink sometime in january...

Emily said...

beautiful tattoo, I'm thinking of getting a tattoo similair to yours, either a verse or a word that reminds me of that love. have you found that it has faded fast, or become blurry over the year or so that you've had it?

TimB said...

Emily, I've had the tattoo for about 7 years now. It seems to be holding up pretty well. If I ever get another one done I'll have them go over it again.

Brian M said...

I have been thinking of getting the exact same tattoo.
I am not able to wear a ring becasue of my job.
Well done!!!
Send you a picture when I get it done.
Nice to know that it does not fade that much.

Anonymous said...

Tim thank you i love it, that is what iam going to get and if anyone say that a gr8 idea i will tell it was a man called Tim and i love that verse

I trust in God enough to help me live up to it? and i like that to Tim once again ty