She wants to know “What’s so wrong if I like him?”.
The “Christian” guy cheated on her. But this guy is nice, they’ve connected. She trusts him.
He wants to know “So what if “he is a really nice guy”, he treats you well, you won’t date him?”
The “Christian” guy hasn’t made the move. But this guy is nice, they’ve connected. She trusts him.
If you are single, and have been around the Christian bubble for more than five minutes, you’ve heard the verses, and with the best of intentions recited them yourself.
Guard your heart. Don’t be unequally yoked. He will give you the desires of your heart. Paul even said it was better to be single. Run after Christ, and when you turn and see someone there next to you – That’s “him”.
When the cliches wear off. What will stop the lingering looks and flirtatious touches?
And Only Christ.
Is Christ the center?
Is Christ the treasure?
Is obedience to Him and bringing Glory to Him the highest calling?
Rest knowing that you are Loved even in your loneliness.
Remember whose you are, and all He has brought you through.
If that’s not enough, you’re looking for fulfillment in the wrong relationship.
Yes, it’s small. Yes, it’s girlie. But this is not just another butterfly tattoo.
You see, I love butterflies. I read this story over ten years ago, and since then butterflies have become a symbol of my faith and my struggles in it.
I would never imagine seeing a butterfly trying to cram her way back into that cocoon. That’s simply ridiculous !
When I look at my butterfly I want to be reminded of the transformation and regeneration Christ has done in my life.
Below are just a few scriptures that I am encouraged by with thoughts of my butterfly.
Do you have any you would like to share?
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new ” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” ( HE makes all things, not somethings, not just improved, NEW)
2 Corinthians 5:17
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. ( old things are passed away, a butterfly can never ever go back into the cocoon and regress to be a caterpillar)
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (He began the good work in me, he will perfect it, it’s a process that continues “until the day of Christ Jesus”)
Made Alive in Christ
1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places inChrist Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace inkindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it isthe gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
3For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved tovarious lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, butaccording to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
“How does one become a butterfly?” she [a caterpillar] asked pensively. [the butterfly replied] “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still live. Life is changed, not taken away.” Trina Paulus, author, “Hope for the Flowers.”
Ohh and also, thanks to Matt over at Ink Link Tattoos, I am sure you could do something more elaborate and artsy, but you did exactly what I wanted.
If you are in the West Palm Beach area, and are interested in getting a tat, call Ink Link! 561.712.9009 !!