When I was young, skateboarding was all about becoming the best I possibly could. It was all about learning as many tricks as I 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. As I got older though, my motivations for getting on a board and pushing myself to progress evolved and became something more meaningful.
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,” 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 – a means to bring Him praise. 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 (music, sports, etc.), and he loves to provide any assistance or coaching if needed. As I have gotten to know my heavenly father, my drive to get better at skateboarding has become more about pleasing 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 better experience and meaning. Skateboarding is an act of worship that draws us closer to our heavenly father who delights in His children.