Last weekend, we held our second annual Clarity contest. A variety of riders, hailing from all over the state, came to throw down and compete for the top spots in their respective divisions. It was truly a blast to witness the tricks that went down, the sportsmanlike conduct, and a much-needed discussion about the reality of drug and alcohol abuse in skateboard culture.
Between the contest and the announcement of winners, three of our local skateboarders sat before the crowd to discuss how their lives had been impacted by addiction. Emotional pain, isolation, and damaged relationships were some of the common themes amongst these riders' stories.
Anyone who's familiar with skateboard culture knows that alcohol and drug use are prevalent. Unfortunately, this reality must be faced by anyone who seeks to partake in this sport which we hold so near and dear to our hearts.
1 Peter 5:8-9 encourages to remain sober minded, for the "the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (NIV). It is painfully obvious that the majority of our community is under attack, and it is our hope that the testimonies of our panel speakers helps foster a communal understanding that skateboarding and addiction need not go hand in hand.
Alternatively, we can create for ourselves a community that values health and wellbeing over temporary pleasures. The joy we experience as we skate has the power to supersede nagging addictions. We experience even more joy when we fully surrender our life to Christ! If we're willing to lean on the Lord for help, support, and guidance, we can enjoy skateboarding to the fullest extent.
1 Peter 5:10 says that, "after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you" (ESV). If you, or some
one you know, are struggling with addiction, please take this as an encouragement to be hopeful. Freedom can be found through Christ, and we know this firsthandedly.
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