|Boys at the Pool!|
I’d conveniently forgotten the entire episode until the a few summers ago, when our oldest son and his wife came to live for a few months. Our son had just received his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps and I was so excited he’d be able to spend some time there, introducing his wife to the neighborhood where he’d grown up and getting used to being a civilian again.
His first day at the pool I got there before him. I settled into a deck chair, chatting with several neighbors and catching up on the winter’s happenings. As I chatted, I noticed several people turn away to stop and stare. I glanced at the entrance and was excited to see it was my son, soon others in the neighborhood would be able to welcome him home.
|The Appearance of a Radical Life|
But the experience stayed with me.
I asked God what He wanted me to take away from this and these are the thoughts I’ve had:
- Tattoos: What difference could I make if I was so marked by the love of God that people stopped and stared?
- Piercing: How would my life change if my heart was truly pierced for Him?
- Long Hair: What would happen if people could visibly see that I’m covered by God’s grace?
- Chains: How I wish the world could see the chains that no longer bind me.
Kind of makes you think—at least it did me.