As a skateboarder, I’ve noticed that skateboarding can be a pretty painful thing to get good at. Before we experience the good feeling of accomplishment that comes from rolling away from a new trick, we usually have to put ourselves through lots of pain. Skateboarders often find themselves in a situation where they are throwing themselves down a flight of stairs or some other type of obstacle over and over again to the point that heels, hips, ankles, and other parts of the body are getting painfully worst with every try. They know that every try will cost them greater pain and discomfort, but for some reason they continue to throw them self down the obstacle in a hope for victory. As soon as the trick gets landed though, and even better if it gets on film, all the pain that they had to go through becomes worth it and is turned into a joyful occasion. Skateboarding demonstrates a pattern in humanity that the best things in life come out of pain and hardship.
Moving forward in life will always have those moments where we just want to give up. Progression is hard and it takes lots of fighting and determination in order to push through the resistance that always seems to come against us. As skateboarders, it is a battle every time we get on a board and try to learn a new trick or do an old trick down something new. But the joy and satisfaction of landing that trick, and that feeling of accomplishment that comes with it is well worth the cost of the battle. It’s the victory that comes through the battle that keeps us skating and makes it so addicting. Moving forward as Christians is no different, Jesus says in Mathew 7:14 that “HARD” is the path that leads to life, and in John 16:33 He says, “In this world you will have trouble and suffering, but take courage, for I have conquered the world.” Pain and hardship is something that Christ never said we wouldn’t have, but out of it everlasting joy and reward would follow. Revelation 3:21 says, “The one who conquers and endures to the end, I will grant him to sit on my throne,” and Revelation 21:7, “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be His God and he will be my son.” As skateboarders and as Christians, pain and suffering is inevitable, but so is the joy and satisfaction that follows it. The road toward progression is hard and is marked with much pain, but the feeling of progress that follows it feels so good that the pain we have to go through in order to achieve it becomes futile and worthless.