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The Tattoo

by Pat Farrell

I saw him enter the gym as I was finishing on the elliptical glider. You couldn’t help but notice him as he was covered in tattoos. “What is this about?” I thought to myself. “Why would you put that ink all over you knowing it doesn’t come off?”

In seeing the tattoos, it made me wonder:

What is he trying to say?
Who is he, and what is he searching for?

When he turned, I saw one of the tattoos was the Passion of the Christ, which went from the top of his right shoulder to the tip of his elbow. A stillness came within me. Here was a strong and courageous warrior of Christ who was not afraid to show to the world to whom he belonged. He was bold in a statement to show the permanency of his beliefs.

Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

How foolish I was to judge this young man. Think of how many people he will reach who would not give me a second thought.

Our God is some kind of cool! He will reach you wherever you are. It doesn’t have to be in a church pew; it could even be in the gym.

“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?” Job 38: 2

Pat Farrell’s gifts and talents include being a coach, speaker, retreat leader, student, teacher and Certified Lay Minister for the United Methodist Church. Finding her own life’s purpose came in the desert of her life. She has survived and endured many hardships, and lives to help others know they are enough and they not only can survive but also thrive.


Pat speaks from the heart to women and men in an effort to help them understand the power they hold to change other’s lives.  There is no meeting by coincidence, and there are incredible opportunities for us to share and grow as we journey through life.


Pat Farrell, RN, MSN, CPVA, CEP
Life Coach, Certified Lay Minister for the Wytheville District UMC







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