When I was young, skateboarding was all about becoming the best I possibly could. It was all about learning as many tricks as I could set my mind to, and doing them down the biggest things I could find. I skated to get good and to prove myself to the skateboard community that I was something special. It was all about me and my ego. As I got older though, I began to see the vanity in this approach and I began to skateboard in a way that was much more meaningful.
I have always been amazed how bonds could be formed at a skatepark (or any kind of playground) without any words being exchanged. I can go to a skatepark, join the session going on there with complete strangers, and bonds will be formed without knowing anything about them. Just being there, participating in the play going on, maybe giving a little praise and encouragement here and there, is enough to form a bond without knowing anything about their life story. Skateboarding and any kind of play, does this same kind of bonding with God. James 1:17 says, “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of lights…” And Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him [Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… all things were created through him and for him.” “All things,” and “every good gift,” would include skateboarding. Skateboarding is a gift from above – the father of lights, that was created through and for Christ. And if skateboarding is created for and through Christ, than that means it is a means of interaction and bonding with our God. When we see skateboarding like this, it becomes an act of worship, which greatly enriches the experience.
When I started to see skateboarding like this, I started to feel the presence of God with me every time I got on a board. I could feel him interacting with me and moving in me as I rode around and went through my trick list. Almost like the bond that is created between a father and son when the two play together. And when a father plays with his son, he delights and rejoices to see him progress and get better at whatever it is he or they do. As I have gotten to know my heavenly father, my drive to get better at skateboarding has become more about bonding with Him who rejoices to see me on a board and pushing myself, rather than just getting good for my own sake or to please other skateboarders. To know and feel The Father rejoicing in your progression gives skateboarding such a greater feeling.
Skateboarding is a beautiful thing created by a loving God. When we realize this it becomes a mystical experience by which we interact and bond with the Creator, giving it a much more enriching experience with greater meaning. Skateboarding is an act of worship that draws us closer to our heavenly father, not a means to prove ourselves to other people, inflate our ego, and to somehow be recognized for our talent. Skateboarding feeds the soul and the spirit in a way that is much deeper than what is seen on the surface.
If we started seeing and feeling God on the sessions, how would that change the experience or the atmosphere?
Skateboarding is often about inflating the ego and being recognized by the community for being an awesome skateboarder? How can we skate in a way that doesn’t inflate the ego?