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Several inches of snow dumped out of the sky last night… the power is out, many roads are closed off, and the integrity of many roofs here in Laramie, Wyoming are being tested under the weight of sticky snowflakes. Something about being in a brand-new place is like medicine to kill complacency, but I can still be forgetful, and I appreciate solid community that helps me make life-giving decisions.
Yesterday, one of the first #OneLoveSkate Reps, Auburn, and I had a great time snowboarding, but on the way home as I reached for my phone passing a 70mph speed limit sign, I had a wake up call. On a long, country road in Wyoming, Auburn encouraged me to focus only on driving. He said, "Josh, if you swerve off the road on a day like today, you're not going to get back on... Cell phones don't work out here, and this is the type of weather that people freeze to death in." Wow. Sobering thought. This insight helped me leave my cell phone alone so I could be fully committed to driving.
Auburn's blunt comment was refreshing. He was looking out for me, but as a passenger in the car, his desire for me to be fully committed to the one task of driving was also beneficial to him. The day before in Colorado, Auburn and I went to a skatepark with another original 1L rep, Mark. The time with Mark led to a nugget of wisdom not only for skaters but for all who desire to acquire any new skill. During the skate session with Mark and Auburn, a thought formed that has already become a mantra: "Commit to One." This mantra can help each of us see life-changing progression that benefits not only us as individuals but the entire communities where we are living.
Because "Commit to One," is so helpful in every aspect of life, we want to share three ways each of us can execute this memorable mantra. Try one, and let us know how it goes by connecting with us through oneloveskate.org
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
1.) Try A Blunt Slide (For Skaters & More)
Mark & Auburn are the two 1L reps we talk about in the 1L Discipleship Curriculum who worked at Keo skatepark in Maui for a year. They were a positive presence in the skate community at Keo skatepark by leading a life group, giving away 1L products, and building relationships. Their work is still seen today on Maui even though Auburn is now married and living in Wyoming while Mark is engaged and living in Colorado. Though both men are busy, we made time to get together Tuesday for a fun bro session at a small skatepark in Fort Collins, Colorado. Mark learned how to do a blunt on a steep little quarter pipe, and his advice might help you land a blunt slide as well.
Mark said that what helped him learn was committing to one and being willing to slam. He said it took being all-in to learn what he was trying to accomplish. Once he completely went for it he learned to do what needed to be done, and he started landing blunts with different variations.
Whether in marriage, careers, or skateboarding, backup plans can mess us up. Often, making a backup plan means we start investing time, money, and energy for a "plan b" because we think the grass might be greener somewhere else. Unfortunately, that wasted time and energy strips us of the ability to water the grass of our current situation, and we can fail to accomplish our desires.
Mark is not just a leader when he is skateboarding... From students watching his life at the pizza place where we hung out after skating, to the positive influence he is on his his peers, Mark's commitment creates a ripple effect way bigger than he realizes. Like Mark, each of us influence the atmosphere of our communities with every deed we do. Whether on a skateboard or in other aspects of life, may others be encouraged when they witness our commitment levels.
Blunt Kickflip for new oneloveskate.org blog #OneLoveSkate
Stoked Derrick Unrein. New "Commit to One" blog on oneloveskate.org #OneLoveSkatePosted by One Love Skate on Friday, March 16, 2018
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
2.) Have a 1L Convo
Last Saturday, we had another great #OneLoveSkate event in Paia, Maui. During that event we had a team of young adults from Surfing the Nations who met us on the beach in Paia to do One Love interviews. In addition, last weekend we gave away 7 One Love Skate decks, shirts, and some stickers to help skaters experience God's One Love discovered in 1 John 4:9. As we prepped our team of about 20 young adults from all around the world we said:
"It's easy to remember... since we're called "one love," today let's remember to "love one." Let's each meet one person in the next hour and learn their names and learn what they honestly believe about the two 1L questions. Let God lead you... maybe you'll get to pray with people today, but the win is getting honest answers from one person about 1) What is one love to you? and 2) Who is Jesus to you? Please log your answers on our website after your conversation so we can discover what more people believe. "
Will you commit to one 1L conversation? Maybe having a 1L conversation is what it will take to get you out of your comfort zone and see a relational breakthrough in other aspects of your life. Walking up to someone you don't know can be intimidating, but you might make their day by helping him or her share something he or she has been wanting to share.
Be creative. Maybe buy a coffee for the person behind you in line, and ask them if you can interview them with these two 1L questions. We sincerely believe these questions can radically transform someone's life and eternity, and we would love to hear how your conversations are going.
Think of how much different our world could be if we all lived in the light of our beliefs about "one love." Don't feel pressure to change anyone's opinion. Simply listen and learn, and share with us what was said so we can gather more research about the spiritual beliefs of those around us.
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
3.) Do Something That Will Snowball
Last night as the snow started falling outside of Auburn's apartment, I could not resist the urge to start packing a snow man. I knew something would be extremely satisfying for me if I could make snowman eyes out of our "arrow-up" "arrow-down" 1L logo. At first I tried huge shovels of snow to make the base... Unfortunately the huge clumps broke apart when I stacked them on top of each other.
I was amazed to realize that big shovels full of snow were not as effective as starting with a tightly packed ball of snow and rolling it to make it bigger. The counterintuitive task of starting with a small snowball led to a snowman much bigger than us. When Auburn's neighbor, Bob, walked outside with no shirt and accepted our invitation to jump in a picture, my child-like joy in simply building a snowman reached a sporadic ectasy as my expectations for the evening were far exceeded.
Regardless of the climate we are in, we are all making choices that snowball. Life tends to snowball both for good and bad. Written thousands of years ago, according to Solomon "Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out" (Proverbs 17:14). According to Solomon, conflict will snowball... we all have an angsty argument ready to snowball in to broken relationships if we're not careful... Nevertheless, positive choices snowball as well.
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Maybe you have friends that eat better than you, and when you spend time with them you tend to eat better too. We all can think of teachers who have a passion for their craft that inspires passion in their students. Just as Auburn helped me keep my eyes on the road yesterday, we all have blindspots that can be covered when we choose to put ourselves shoulder-to-shoulder in solid community.
Today, during my time downloading God's Word, I was encouraged that: Relationships are the most difficult & most important part of life. We all hurt others and get hurt, but "by steadfast love & faithfulness iniquity is atoned for" (Proverbs 16:6). In Jesus' steadfast love, we can receive & give #RealLove. #LiveOneLove #SeekTheMostHigh
Jesus said in Luke 10:42, "One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." That ONE thing. Mary's one thing was her relationship with Jesus. Like Mary, I want the One Love of Jesus to be my One Thing I pursue. Jesus' eternal love empowers us to love God and love others better than any amount of earthly time, talents, and treasures every could. I am a work in progress, but for me the main snowball I pray and work to keep in the center of my life is my relationship with Jesus.
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like the t-shirt that says: "Procrastinators unite... tomorrow." Lol. It's funny, but unfortunately it's true. Complacency kills our dreams and robs the world of creativity. So often, life is "now or never." Go for that one thing. You know what it is. Or you know who it is. Life is a vapor, and it's worth the work to start packing some snowballs of love and life to see the world around us experience new love and life.
What does it look like for you to commit to one?
What's the one thing that you can try that could radically change the direction of your life?
"Storms will surely come, but true love is a choice you must make."
Please stay in touch and let us know what's new in your life, friends.
When we go all in, others notice; and they enjoy the life-giving community that comes from our commitment. However, for this to happen, we need to try a blunt-slide, have a one love conversation, or do something else that will snowball. We hope you are encouraged to "COMMIT TO ONE" in at least one of these three ways aforementioned. Like the sticky snowflakes that can make snowmen or collapse roofs with their weight, we are better together when we spur one another on to #LiveOneLove.
Please act now so you will start to see a difference in your life tomorrow.
Commit to one! #LiveOneLove
In the One Love of the Most High (1 John 4:9),
"Where there was death, You brought life, Lord. Where there was fear, You brought courage.
When I was afraid, You were with me..." -God With Us, by Jesus Culture
I asked my good friend, Josh Knipple, to write a guest blog for us. Josh made our original 1L skate decks seen in this video Nicole made years ago. Later he helped make close to 40 1L decks that we have been able to give away all around the world.
He also brought a team from Pennsylvania & partnered with us for #OneLoveSkate at Hope Chapel Maui with Francis Chan in June 2013.
We trust that as you read this blog from Josh Knipple, you will be encouraged to #LiveOneLove with a fresh perspective and imagine creative ways to be a positive presence in your community.
Enjoy. -Joshua Marburger
If you had told me all the different ways God was going to do ten years ago I wouldn't have believed you and that you were making it all up. If you had told me I would get to travel the entire country, or have the only indoor skatepark within two hours given to us by an athiest I would have laughed at you. If you had said that we would be able to reach thousands with the name of Christ, no way. But that is how God works and does things and for some reason he chose to use my life as part of it. John 10:10 says, "I have come that you might have life, life to the full."
So I want to share with you the history of Life Over Death skatepark and Crucified Ministries, and when I say the history of it I actually mean His story because that is what it is. It was the summer of 2006, I had just finished at Liberty University with a degree in youth ministry. I had an internship at a local church, I was engaged and I thought everything in my life was falling into place according to the American dream. Then within a 2 week span, everything collapsed. My fiancee and I decided it was not the right decision for us to be making and the church decided to hire someone else one day after telling me the job was mine. So I went through a time of complete questioning everything. "God, Why?" Also during that time I went back to working at the job i had always known at the local snowboard shop. Here I am questioning everything and seeing kids come into the shop day after day. Not to long after that God started working on my heart saying. "this is exactly why you didn't get that job at the church. I didn't create you for safe ministry inside church walls, I created you for outreach. These kids right in front of you who aren't in church anywhere."
I had no clue what that would look like but I knew God was calling. I tried every excuse I could come up with, "God, I am not a good speaker, God, I can't skate, God, you must have the wrong person." He just kept saying, "Josh, I thought you said you were willing." So that following Tuesday I started going to the local outdoor park with hot dogs, water, and a few others to help me. I had no clue what was in store. To be honest, the first few weeks were rough, most the guys there tried to get us kicked out. Yet God kept saying to press on. In that first summer we went from 5 kids to over 20 kids. Skateparks around here shutdown in August, so we started praying or a place. Within 2 weeks a friend of mine called saying, "my dad heard you were getting kids off the streets and he has a warehouse that you can use if you want." I was blown away, God was coming through in ways I couldn't have imagined but the building is only the tip of the iceberg. As we went to see the building we pulled into the lot of a casket warehouse company, kinda creepy. We went around the back of the building to find out the warehouse we would be using was the second story and he would be selling coffins on the first floor. Oh, and by the way he went on to tell us he is an atheist. All I could do was laugh at God's sense of humor in that moment. So as we talked we decided we wanted to call the park "Life Over Death." The idea was that we would be sharing life through Christ on the second story as he would be selling death on the first.
Out of me seeing my dreams and plans die, God showed me what abundant life could look like. I was broken going back to my old job, and God was saying this is only the beginning. I was at a hopeless spot in my life crying out "Why" and God was saying Trust Me and you will bring hope to others.
Every Tuesday night for over ten years the skatepark grew and multiplied, hot dogs got consumed, ramps got built as funding came in, and Christ was shared. Out of the skatepark, other ministries have been started, a traveling skate team was formed that went all over the country ministering to thousands along the way. Also out of the skatepark a church was born transforming the city of Johnstown and reaching the homeless and outcasts. Out of death, came life. Life Over Death's History is truly HIS STORY.
P.S. Those same guys who originally tried to kill the ministry at the start are now all believers leading a local snowboard ministry themselves.
Connect with us on oneloveskate.org if you think 1L #LifeGroups would be a blessing in your community. #LiveOneLove #OneLoveSkate
This past summer I was able to go to a missions trip to Tegucigalpa in Honduras. It was such a radical experience meeting and seeing people from that country and the lifestyle people live there.
People were so generous with what they had and also were very curious about the deeper things of God. Most of the people we came across were so open and willing for God to move and transform their current situations.
The team was composed of 4 others and we each had interpreters which made going to places and saying things a lot easier.
I took my skateboard on this trip not knowing what to expect but what came out of it was some very power ministry times.
First of all the people were so beautiful. And I could believe I was skating through the streets of TGU. I felt like a kid exploring the city and thanked God for all the tricks I landed without falling in public. I think it made me look cooler to the by standers which made conversations with them easier.
One story from skating the streets of Honduras was we met these two skater guys making crystal bracelets and necklaces. We told them they should take a break and play a game of skate with me. So they did. One had really cool dreads and the other guy had a very stylish tye die tee.
We played a game of skate for like an hour and it was a blast!
As we were skating, the girls on my team got to minister to the skater guys girlfriends and pray for them. It was so cool how that appointment was made because its not like we were looking for people to talk with, but God brought to us.
Another Story from this trip that was absolutely over the top was when we went into like 2 public schools in a row. In each of the schools we got to share our story, the gospel, and all about Hawaii and whats it like to live there. In one of the class rooms were were able to pray and prophesy over the entire class. Doing that took too long so we couldn’t pray over the other classes but we had a blast!
We then went into another school to run a school assembly. I was not ready for it but all of a sudden I had a crowd of like 500+ students.
I was able to do some skate board lessons, jump over some kids, and do a some tricks. Again, thank God cause I landed all of my tough tricks without falling, and most of it first try. So nerve racking.
We also did some skate races and games and the whole school was amped.
After I was done doing my thing. I got to encourage the school to live as children of God rather than orphans. Amy also solidified that point as well as Susan. It was unreal. I was so blown away by that experience.
Well that's all I have for now. Honduras has my heart and I hope to go there again. We really showed the one love of God and skateboarding. Hopefully next time you can join us!
- Sam P
Right on everyone who reps One Love!
We've been amazed at how cool the One Love conversations have been lately at skateparks, beaches, & lots of other places as well.
Also, We're stoked to have some new merch (though we can't sell anything yet) & we're encouraged by lots of #OneLoveSkate #sightings lately on instagram & facebook.
#Sightings Winners from #OneLoveSkate
Here are 10 winners & highlights from #OneLoveSkate #Sightings in the last couple weeks:
It's been a fun summer so far, & we're stoked for good stuff happening w/Sam P on July 26-August 11 in a secret spot. We'll have some PopUp 1L action randomly throughout the summer, but stay tuned for a new 1L schedule in the Fall.
As One Love keeps evolving we're realizing some goals to help us be a positive presence in the skate community.
1.) The wording isn't set in stone, but a new 1L goal I have is to: "Lovingly give away as many responsibilities & resources as we possibly can in order to help as many people as possible live one love."
2.) We're continuing to look for solid people to rep 1L at every skatepark in Maui and eventually every skatepark in the state. E-mail Josh@OneLoveSkate.org if you're interested in being equipped to #LiveOneLove w/One Love Skate.
Keep Living One Love!
p.s. Here's a #ThrowbackThursday vid from Lahaina 1L action a year ago. Enjoy: