Please forgive the rather random title, but I just wanted to knock out a quick post about a really nice present that Michelle bought me for Christmas, but that I only picked up from the jewellers yesterday – some sterling silver dog tags!
Might sound a bit odd, so if I mentioned that they’ve been engraved with the words ‘love’ on one, and ‘faithfulness’ on the other (with the root Hebrew word on the flip-sides), would that make any more sense? Perhaps not, so here’s why this set of dog tags was such a special gift…
When me and Michelle got married, we moved straight into the centre of St.Mellons estate in Cardiff on a mission to share gospel of the love of Jesus. However, some of the social situations that we were confronted by during the first six months of our marriage were so messed-up that we were often reduced to tears, and regularly felt completely out of our depth. It was at that time that God gave us this scripture that has become the bedrock for both our marriage and our ministry together ever since:
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3v3-4)
We’ve discovered that when seeking to pursue a life that is characterised by love, mercy and grace, coupled with faithfulness, truth and justice, the smile of God is always upon you, and the goodwill of those you’re trying to reach is never far away.
That’s why these dog tags are such a cool gift – I get to remind myself of these truths every day as I ‘bind them around my neck’!