10.17.2014

The Story Behind the Tattoo: "Believe"

Believe wrist tattoo
 
The first (legal) tattoo I got was the writing on my wrist. I got it on my 18th birthday as a gift to myself and it was done by a friend of mine who is a tattoo artist. It reads "believe." Now, you might be thinking: weren't you an atheist when you were 18, Cassie? And my answer would be: yes, yes I was my friend.
 
When I got the tattoo, it had nothing to do with believing in the traditional religious sense. To me, it was a reminder to always believe in myself. Believe that I can do the hard things in life, believe that I can conquer whatever life throws at me. I got it on my right wrist as that is the hand that usually goes over your heart. It was personal; at least then.
 
Now, looking back on what I thought it meant at the time seems humorous. I think God was playing a prank on me (ha!). Never in my wildest dreams did I think that a tattoo I got as a reminder to believe in myself would become a reminder to believe in God. A reminder that God is in control; that I am little and He is SO big. A reminder that I CANNOT do the hard things in life alone; that I NEED him more than I need myself. 
 
It's funny to look back on some of the things I did when I was atheist and realize that God even had a hand in things then. Even when I continued to deny Him with all of my being.

Has God ever played a "prank" on you that you only realized in hindsight?
 
If you missed the last "Story Behind the Tattoo" you can find it here.

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23 comments :

  1. I love it!! I love that your tattoo says believe!!! Loved this post!

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  2. I would love to get a tattoo on my wrist but I'm just so afraid of it hurting like some kind of crazy. Thus, the one on my upper back will probably always be my one and only. LOL! Happy Friday!

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  3. I also have a tattoo that reads the words Believe (hence part of my blog name!). It's on my lower back/side and it has three tiny starts surrounding it. Each star represents something different. Believe in your Faith, Believe in yourself, and Believe in others.
    I love the placement of your tattoo on your wrist! I think that's where my next one is going to go.

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  4. I love this, I love your story, I love everything about it. It's funny looking back to see how God was aligning us to be exactly where He wanted us to, even before we really knew Him.

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  5. I love that! And wrist tattoos are the best :)

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  6. Haha if you can handle your upper back your wrist would be no problem!

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  7. yay for tattoo stories! This is absolutely beautiful. I love how you go in getting it for one reason and end up getting "pranked". so cool. :)

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  8. I think so too, funny how it worked out, huh?

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  9. So cool, loved reading about it and how it changed. What a neat story! I have several tattoos, my first was 11 years ago. A couple I would not necessarily get again today, however I definitely don't regret any of them. They all tell a story and represent that time in my life, I love it. Gosh I just love tattoos! Wrist tats are kind of my fave...

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  10. That is true! I may have to brave it one day lol!

    Happy Friday!​

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  11. I can agree about no regret but maybe not getting them again now :) each is special in its own way

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  12. God is incredible isn't he??! I love written tattoos on the wrist. I have one that says, "Let It Be." It's a reminder that when life gets hard to let go and let God have the control. I've dealt with a lot of health issues and when I see it I'm reminded that God knows my struggle and he is taking care of me.

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  13. I love that! So simple but meaningful :)

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  14. This is such a wonderful story! I love seeing how our amazing Lord works in us. It's a lovely tattoo, too!

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  15. I love when tattoos can have multiple meanings. I have two, and they both stand for so much. "Believe" is a beautiful word to have tattooed, for both your original thought and for God.

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  16. I love the multiple meanings of the tattoo!!! Isn't God funny how he works?

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  17. Thanks girl. Tattoos are just too fun!

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