Skateboarding is a really fun activity, but it is something that can also be really frustrating. There have been times that I’ve seen people (myself included) turn into complete maniacs because of the overwhelming frustration that they are feeling because of their skateboard. People will throw their board everywhere, scream and yell, and get mad and yell at people for getting in their way. I was at a skate park the other day watching someone act like this, and I asked myself, “why would someone that skates everyday and has a passionate love for skateboarding act in such a way that makes him look like a maniac?”
Frustration is a common emotion in life that usually comes from an unfulfilled or unrealistic expectation. A skateboarder that starts to throw his board and yell at kids that get in his way, does so because he expects to land all his tricks immediately and to skate in peace without anybody ever getting in their way, which is obviously an unrealistic expectation that would almost never happen. So every time someone that has these silly expectations goes to a skate park, they are most likely going to get frustrated and start acting like a manic, throwing their board and yelling at kids. People get frustrated when their car breaks down because they expect it to be indestructible, people get frustrated with people because for some reason they expect them to be perfect and to never do anything wrong. To live a peaceful life, we need to be sure to have realistic expectations, a skateboarder should expect to have days where he or she can’t land anything and should expect kids to get in their way at a skate park.
It is obvious that the world is imperfect, but for some reason, our expectations say something different. People will sometimes expect perfection so much that they will start to act like maniacs because they don’t know what to do with themselves when they are faced with the reality that things are not perfect. These patterns in humanity make it obvious that there is something wrong or fallen about our world, and every person desperately seeks or expects it to be different. For reasons that we don’t always understand, Adam in the Garden of Eden brought imperfection into the world, and since we are all descendants of Adam, we inherited this imperfection. Whether we see it in biblical terms or not, all of humanity knows that the current state of affairs is not perfect and that we long for a world that is. Our expectations and frustrations portray this clearly. Part of the good news of following Christ is that there will come a day when we can expect perfection, as it says in Revelation 21:4, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” A perfect world is coming for those that want to be a part of it by knowing and following Christ (Matt. 7:21-23), but in the meantime, we can expect to have imperfect days where we can’t land our tricks, people to annoy us, and things to go wrong. Jesus, and a realistic expectation is the remedy for the unrealistic ones that cause us to act like maniacs or expect things from ourselves and other people that don’t make any sense, for He says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”