Passion of the Skater
February 23, 2009 by tsfgodguy
Guest Blogger: Joe Williams – Joe is a buddy from my church who has a skater ministry. I liked this most recent blog of his and wanted to pass it on!
This is something that has been on my heart for awhile, and I’m finally getting it down in writing. There are some things as Christians that we can learn from skaters. This will also point out some of the things that make skaters such strong warriors for God once they give their life to Christ. The first thing is the Christ like love that skaters unknowingly show almost every day. Skaters show a great love towards other skaters that is undeniable. No matter where you are in the U.S. or any other country, if you have a board in your hand or show any signs that you are a skater, you will have friends and a home with other skaters. They don’t care about race, age, or sex. There is just an immediate connection and friendship through skateboarding. Even if you don’t speak the same language, you can still have a session with each other, and there will be praise for what you land, and they will share in your frustration of missed tricks and injuries. Are we truly like this with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ? Or do we catch ourselves shying away from other churches and denominations, simply because they do not believe exactly the same way that we believe? Could we go to another country and be taken in with open arms to worship God with them even though we can’t fully communicate with them? Do we shy away from certain “crowds” because they are different than us, based on income status, lifestyles, pasts, or neighborhoods?
Another point, skaters don’t go out and skate everyday because they have to. They have a huge love and desire for the sport. They want to go out, and for some it becomes a need to go out and skate. You can find yourself getting cranky and lazy when you don’t. When they turn to Christ, they bring that same intensity with them. Christ get in them just as skateboarding did. They get the need to fully understand and get to know God better. They will constantly get into the Word, not because they have to, but because they want to. Do we always have that same desire as Christians?
With skateboarding, a certain degree of questioning authority comes along with it. And it is usually more than the average person questions. They won’t usually just take what you say as golden. They will have to seek the truth out for themselves. So, they will constantly ask questions once they turn their life to Christ. This, in return, gets them deeper into the Word and truly seeking out answers from God. Do we get to the point where we say “That’s just the way it is.” Or should we question more? Is it a fear of questioning God? If so, is that a fear we should have? Skaters are not afraid to question God, and I feel we should be the same. I really don’t feel like asking God “Why?’ is a bad thing, as long as you are listening and searching for an honest answer.
Skaters have an incredible gift of being able to get up and brush themselves off after failure. It can take weeks, months, or years to learn a trick. Sometimes you may never get the trick. For example, it took Andy MacDonald 5 years to learn the 540 on vert ramp. How easy would it have been for him to give up at any point during this quest? Skaters battle through many setbacks (frustration, harassment, bumps, bruises, sprains, tears, broken bones, surgery-sometimes multiple) for the love of their sport. They will bring this same intensity to The Lord. They constantly get back up and try again when everything is telling them that it is impossible and they will never get it. They keep at it day after day even though people are telling them that it’s ridiculous and to just quit. They defend their sport to parents, relatives, boyfriends, girlfriends, and sometimes friends. It is something that gets inside you just like The Word of God. And they know how to stand up for it. Do we have the commitment to pray for something for years if that is what it takes? Or do we give up after a certain amount of time and say “God just didn’t want it for me.” Or God said no. Do we only stand firm in our belief when things are easier and run when things get difficult or seem impossible? When we fail The Lord, do we brush ourselves off, accept His Grace and forgiveness, and try even harder the next time? Are we able to stand up and defend our faith anytime, anywhere, and to anyone?
Skaters are also very good at knowing when someone is being fake or a “poser” as we like to call them. They can tell when you’re not being honest or not being yourself. When dealing with a skater, just be yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re a geek, jock, goth, thug, or whatever. Just be yourself. Just as God calls us to be. He doesn’t want a fake you; He just wants you. The way you are. The unique you that He created you to be.
Just some random thoughts that He put on my heart. Maybe it will make some think, maybe it was just me; time will tell. Anyways, Peace and God Bless. Joe