My sister and I have always talked about getting a sister tattoo but we knew that we wanted to make it unique and that we didn’t want to have a tattoo that everyone else had. Unfortunately, we were never able to get the inspiration for what exactly we should get–not that we are in any sort of rush (she is only 16 and we are waiting until she turns 18). When she was down (up?) visiting a couple weeks ago, I was giving her some sisterly advice (the best kind, right?) when we stumbled across an alley. So, this alley should have been sketchy (also considering the fact that it was 11 at night) but standing at the end was a hippy with chalk in his hand asking us to come create some art in the alley. Now, you have to understand–Chattanooga is a very art-centered town and this very alley is always completely packed full of chalk art. This hippie, was standing at the end of the alley inviting people that he didn’t know–anyone and everyone, to create art together in a small area.
This hippie was not prejudiced towards anyone. He loved everyone and he totally expressed that in the calm, cool way he directed everyone. It was in that very moment we decided that our tattoo would be to “Find your inner hippie”. Let me explain–hippies are the only group of people that accept everyone. This should be directed towards Christians, but Christians have woefully given themselves the image of the most judgemental group of people. This is not to be hateful or condemning in any way but maybe to open some eyes towards what us as Christians need to do and what we need to change about how we are living our lives in Christ.
All of us as Christians need to find our “inner hippie”. We need to be pulled out of our comfort zones and live our lives chasing Christ’s people. I am not just pointing my finger towards people but also pointing my finger inwards at myself because I need to work on this as well.
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar;for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:19-21
Until next time