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A Thought Provoking Tattoo

I was tutoring at Starbucks yesterday.  I tutor every Sunday afternoon and always enjoy the challenge and the fun of hanging out with high school students.  We were in the midst of analyzing a creative  screenplay when I looked across the store.  A very interesting tattoo caught my eye… on a man’s head.  It was definitely worth a second glance.  It was obvious to the student that I was distracted so we both stopped working and started staring.  Spontaneously, I got out of my seat, walked over to the man and asked if I could take a picture of his head.  He was both taken back as well as somewhat proud as he gave his consent.

spidey

After I took the picture, I turned to him and asked him one question that I just couldn’t muzzle…well, actually there were two questions.

If you don’t mind, I’m really interested in why you chose this particular tattoo for your head, and also, did it hurt?”

The man politely replied, “Actually, it did hurt… a lot.  As far as why I chose this tattoo, well, this is how I see it.  Life’s a web and I’m the spider.”  Lacking any idea of a fitting response to this philosophical retort, I smiled and thanked him for lending me his head.  I then returned to my table and my tea, scratching my head, for some reason.

I’ve been thinking of that man’s response (and his head) ever since. There’s some truth to what he said.  Life can be a web of sorts, right?  Remember that famous quote,  “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive ” (Sir Walter Scott)

If we make the choice to spin our own web, chances are we will get tangled up. Deception is a lie and scripture clearly warns us to seriously consider our world view and our belief system.

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than Christ.    Colossians 2:8

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  1. Emily

    Wow, I absolutely love this post! First of all, that is one of the best tattoos I have ever seen. I think it’s because it’s really simple but at the same time, intricate. Second, that is a great way to think about life. Sometimes I get so tangled, I end up being a fly, getting consumed by stress, than a spider, being in control. Thirdly, I love the sir walter scott quote because it is not only true, but rhymes, making it easy to remember. Finally, a challenge tutoring high schoolers is the understatement of the year! Especially one that is going to walk to Africa 😉
    Emily

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