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C. Leighton

I’ve been asked many times if I regret getting my tattoos, and it’s hard to respond. The answer isn’t simple, but I’ve been prompted to share my story with all of you.

When I got my tattoos, I was in a state of feeling unwanted and unaccomplished. I had a lack of self-respect. I felt like I had failed and had no reason to try again. I didn't have a relationship with God and I didn't care what people thought about me. I got the majority of my tattoos only because I wanted to cover my entire arm. I can now accept my tattoos because they are a reminder of who I was and how far I’ve come. They remind me of the decisions I once made and motivate me to make better ones everyday. They force me to be more forward and outspoken about my standards and beliefs.

Our bodies are the greatest gifts that God has given us. They brought us one step closer to becoming Godlike and perfected in Him. One day, when we will stand to be judged of our choices, He will look at our bodies to see how we have treated them. There is nothing more beautiful than the natural, untouched body that God Himself created for you. He chose your spirit to be paired with your body. I testify to all that when you treat your bodies with respect, God will deepen your love for yourself.

It has taken so much perseverance, faith, and trust for me to overcome my self-hatred. Through constant prayer, God has filled me with a deep love for myself, for Him, and all those who surround me. I’m not ashamed of who I am because I am a disciple of Christ and am proud to take His name upon me every Sunday. He has the ability to change how we see ourselves and I testify of that with all my heart.

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