I got a new tattoo a little over a week ago & since I’m trying to be more open with y’all I decided to share the meaning behind it.
I remember when I first started attending church regularly. I thought to myself “God is going to give me a perfect easy life now that I’m going to church and hearing His word. Like why wouldn’t He?” But then I realized I was extremely wrong. I continued going through struggles and still questioning my purpose.
I can recall so many times thinking “Do I matter?” “Do I have purpose in this life?” “Why am I going through this?” And just being so frustrated because I never received an answer. I would sit inside church and think “obviously I’m doing Christianity wrong because I’m not receiving any answers from God and constantly doubting myself.” One Sunday morning I went to church and the sermon was about growing in your own relationship with God and one main point that stuck out to me was “Consume God’s word daily” so that night I went home and for the first time ever I opened my Bible in my room alone and read Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
That verse alone answered all my doubtful questions I had. He has a plan for my life. He has a purpose for my life.
The more I continued to do my daily reading, I began to understand that everything is based on God’s timing and not mine. Everything I went through and will continue to go through is for a reason. I am here for a reason. He created me with a purpose! He created me with value! I had to learn to stop worrying and to start seeking.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
If you find yourself questioning your purpose or your reason, know that it’s not going to jump in front of you. Seek Him.
Most importantly, when it feels like you have lost all sight of your purpose and start questioning the reason for your life, KNOW that God has not left your side and can provide the answer!
My tattoo isn’t for people to look at as a piece of jewelry or accessory, my tattoo is for me to be able to look down and remember that I have a purpose that God has paved specifically for my life.