Why I Have A Semicolon On My Finger

Two passions of mine are writing and tattoos. Not always a common combination.

Most of the tattoos I have are a graphic representation of something which is special to me. I’ve always been frustrated by the fact that I can’t draw for toffee, so instead I’ve chosen to use my body as a canvas with the help of other artists.

My most recent tattoo was inspired by a recent trend (I know, I’m soooo trendy….). I came across #projectsemicolon on social media a little while ago, and was instantly inspired to join in. 

So why the semicolon? Writers use a semicolon when they could end a sentence, but choose to carry on. A semicolon is used where there could be a full stop, but the story keeps going. In my life there have been many times where it felt easier to bring things to a full stop. Time and time again it has felt easier to give up but, thank God, I’ve carried on.

The truth of the matter is: life is hard. Marriage is hard. Pretty soon I’m going to be a dad, and I think that might be hard too. Also, trying to be a Christian is hard. There are times it would be easier to give up, but that’s not an option.

So to everyone who feels like giving up today, my semicolon tattoo is dedicated to you; I hope you find the strength in God to carry on.

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

– Hebrews 12:1-3 ‘The Message’ version

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