Two weeks ago, I broke my skateboard.
Not on purpose. Ain't nobody got money for that!
Sometimes things don't go as planned and you end up with a snapped piece of wood and no easy way of getting back home.
But time off my board helped me realize something.
Having a skateboard and having faith in Christ are very similar. Without skateboards, there would be no skaters. Without faith, their would be no Christians.
A bit abstract, maybe, but lets start with some basics.
Skateboards are made from trees. Duh, wood. But think about it. Those trees once lived a beautiful and perfect life in a forest. Then they were chopped down by man in order to provide skaters with boards to ride. Without the sacrifice of these trees, skaters would not be able to skateboard.
Christ lived a beautiful and perfect life, but sacrificed all of himself. He was "chopped down" by mankind on the cross. Without this crazy sacrifice, we wouldn't be in relation with God our father. Just as skaters need trees for their skateboards, Christians need Jesus Christ for their relationship with God.
But there's more to it.
When I went to Wonder Skate Shop (free advertising, you're welcome) this past week, I bought a new board to replace my old, broken one. It was exciting! Checking out all the cool graphics, taking note of all the different sizes, and putting a fresh sheet of grip tape on top...hype!
But if I took that board home and set it in the corner of my room and watched it collect dust, how could I ever call myself a skater?
Faith is the same.
We feel good when we learn more about God, go to social events (especially with free food), listen to worship songs, and take justified bible study breaks when school sucks eggs. But, if we never get off our butts and take faith for a ride, what are we doing with our lives and our time on Earth?
James 2:17 says, "...faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." If James could skate, I'm sure he'd follow by saying something like, "Quit checking SnapChat and lets actually go skate!"
And trust me, when you decide to take action in faith, the ride is dope!
It's like when a skater grabs their board and goes for a cruise. The tickling vibration under their feet, rush of wind in their ears, and the hypnotizing flow of a mini ramp are so rad and hard to describe.
For people who don't skate, you probably ignored that last sentence. If you've never ripped on skateboard and decide to drive a car down the street instead, you can never fully relate to this feeling I'm talking about.
Sure, driving may seem easier and more efficient. Sitting in an air conditioned car seems way nicer than getting hot and sweaty, putting holes in your shoes, or potentially smashing your face in the pavement. But ask any seasoned skater and they'll tell you that it's 100% worth the risk, every time.
The world from a car window is limited and comfortable. But, maybe it's time to take a risky-biscuits step of faith and head for that wide open road, wherever it may lead you.
So I challenge you to think where in your life can you go out and take your faith for a cruise? What would that look like? What opportunities and ideas would require you to trade in that "car" for a "skateboard"? Thankfully, we can talk to God anytime and ask.
Get weird. Get creative. The gospel of Jesus Christ lives everywhere, all the time. Skating is only a piece of the puzzle, and every puzzle piece is different.
And just like skating, it's not an easy lifestyle. I can guarantee that there will be rocks and speed-wobbles along the way. Part 2 will touch more on this subject and what that process looks like. But trust me when I say...
It's 100% worth the risk, every time.