When the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics took place in Tokyo, you may have been surprised to find a couple of new additions to the competition. For the first time in the event’s 125 year history, sports such as karate, surfing, and baseball were included, along with one that has raised a few eyebrows. With separate competitions for park and street skating included, some people questioned, “is skateboarding a sport?”
Skateboarding was born out of the surfing community in California and Hawaii in the 1950s, with enthusiasts looking to replicate the feeling of riding waves on days when the swell was too gentle. Within a decade, commercially produced skateboards were being sold, followed by the first skate competition at Hermosa Beach, California, in 1963.
While skateboarding spread across the globe, growing not just as a culture but also as an industry with big-name competitions, it never entered the mainstream. Skateboarding’s counter-cultural vibe meant that historically the sports world rarely took it seriously – a fact that didn’t bother most skaters who looked to it more as a lifestyle. So, as it entered a new era as an official Olympic sport we recommend to check out the Onewheel GT Accessories for safety.
O come ye saints whose heart He has lavished,
The Omnipotent One that the Prophets foretold;
We bring to Him the dreams we have ravished,
Our worldliness in exchange, His glory behold.
Forsaking all, desiring to see His wondrous face;
Counting all our worldly gains as empty and as loss,
Embracing the light of his eternal grace,
In Him, may we be purged like silver from the dross.[/pullquote4] This tool is known as echolocation or dolphin sonar. By listening to the echoes of the sound they produce, dolphins can locate objects and fish with remarkable success. A dolphin is able to create an acoustical picture of its environment using the pulse of ultrasonic sound which bounces off objects.God had given Don a unique ability to see even though he lost his eyesight. He lost his battle with cancer but no doubt is now in heaven with a new pair of eyes. I’ll bet if you could travel to heaven right now and ask him if he would he be willing to come back to earth and see like other boys, he would probably say, “No thanks. No way. Look around you. Who would want to leave heaven?” Like Don and God’s amazing creature, the dolphin, may God grant us the ability to see through the clutter and debris in our lives. May God grant us spiritual echolocation in order to navigate through life’s barriers and spend eternity looking at the face of the Lamb of God — the most beautiful sight ever!Like David, may we maintain practical holiness and Godliness. Like Moses, help us to see God in our everyday lives. Like Martha may we cultivate a spiritual depth and maturity despite our past, and like Paul, may we never sacrifice our integrity or our reputation for any reason.Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone (Deut. 34:7).
Hope gives us spiritual sight to see impossible things made possible though great obstacles lie before us.
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Alan has pioneered several churches and has also been blessed to travel the world preaching and teaching in churches and conferences as a missionary evangelist for over thirty two years.