Redefined purpose

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Craig Stecyk, the very first prominent writer of skateboarding said this, “Skaters by their very nature are urban guerillas: they make everyday use of the useless artifacts of the technological burden, and employ the handiwork of the government/corporate structure in a thousand ways that the original architects could never dream of.” Skateboarding, by it’s very nature redefines and gives new meaning to things that would otherwise have little significance. A set of stairs to the average person has a very boring and mundane purpose, it just helps them get from point A to point B, but when a skateboarder comes across a set of stairs, the stairs takes on a whole new meaning, one that is full of life and artistic expression. The set of stairs becomes a playground, a place where artistic ideas flourish and possibilities become endless. Skateboarding gives architecture new meaning and new life by expressing a care and love for it that the average person would not.

Paul the apostle says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and behold, all things have become new.” Just as the skateboarder sees a piece of architecture and redefines it and gives it new meaning and new life, so does Christ when he comes to humanity and begins to work in them. Paul also says in Ephesians 2:10, “We are Christ’s workmanship, created in Him for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” “Workmanship,” in the original language of this passage, implies something of an art project – something that is continually being made into something more beautiful. When Christ begins to work in someone that person becomes an endless work of art, always increasing in beauty, potential, and capabilities. When we give our lives to Christ, our lives take on a new, richer meaning that is full of endless potential, just like when a skateboarder begins to work in and play with architecture. God took Moses, a man afraid to speak to people because of his stutter, a man with a great sense of inadequacy to lead God’s people out of slavery, and gave his life new meaning and purpose; He made him into the greatest prophet of God that ever lived. To push God away, is to limit the possibilities of the impact we can potentially make on this earth. As Jesus says in John 15:4-5, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me… For apart from me you can do nothing.” Architecture needs a skateboarder to realize it’s true or fuller potential, and people need Jesus, the great God and savior, to realize their true potential.

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