Over the years of being a skateboarder, it has always amazed me how much the people we skate with affects how fast we progress. We progress so much faster when we skate with people that are better than us and/or who really want to get better. And so much slower, or at all, when we skate with people that aren’t that good and/or don’t really care to get any better. People that are better than us or really desire to get better will challenge us to push our limits, people that aren’t will make us lazy and careless. Professional Skateboarder Bastien Salabanzi said in his interview on the Nine Club that when he first got on Flip skateboards at age 14 he had never skated a real handrail, only park rails. One year later he kickflip frontside boardslid a 16 stair rail, which was back in 2001. Nobody was flipping into big rails back then, and to go from never skating a real handrail to that in one year is mind boggling. And he said in the interview that it all came from skating with Geoff Rowley, Arto Saari, Mark Appleyard and the rest of the Flip team. Who you surround yourself with plays a huge role in the person you become.
When it comes to really seeking after the Lord, the same principle applies, for Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” The people that really take Christ serious and really want to grow in Him are the people that we should be spending the bulk of our time with. For they are the ones who will challenge us to live wisely and push us to grow in our love for God and people. The Christian life is not something that we can do without people challenging us. Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-14, “For the gate is wide and the way is “easy” that leads to destruction, and many will enter; the gate is narrow and the way is “hard” that leads to life, and few will find it.” Without people challenging us, we fall into what is easy and natural, which is laziness and complacency that gets us no where and can even cause us to develop destructive habits. As skateboarders and as servants of the Most High, we need to be around people that test us and motivate us to get better. As Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens a friend.” We need good, quality people in our lives if we are going to be quality people ourselves.
What kind of a person do you want to be? Are the friends that you spend most of your time with reflect that kind of person?
Are the people you surround yourself with bringing you closer to the person you want to be or farther away from it?