My friends from Church and work and I went ice-skating today in the evening. We had a blast! The skating rink is located in the new mall close to my house called Dream Town. It’s humongous! And besides being huge, it has so much fun stuff inside – I cannot wait to share the pictures Yulya and I took during our short trip around the mall with the people at work – it would be so cool to do an event there!
…The time has come and people walked onto the ice. I gingerly stepped on the slick surface and tried to remember what to do. I am still quite new to ice-skating – in my 23 years of life I went ice-skating only 5 times. As I placed one foot in front of the other for 45 minutes, I had plenty time to think (since I met with our team only sometimes). As a result, I have made a few interesting observations, parallels between life and ice-skating. Not to make the post too long, I guess I will have to continue tomorrow.
TYPES OF PEOPLE ON THE SKATING RINK:
There were different people on the skating rink: newbies, cautious not-so-new people, professionals, and a couple of drunken guys.
Newbies: try to stick to the sides and do not really venture into the center. I am okay with those unless they are trying to stand between me and the saving handle. Or when they venture in the middle without knowing a thing and then grab onto anything / anyone when they suddenly start to fall down. The scariest thing for me is trying not to hurt anyone with my skates when someone in front of me falls down.
Cautious not-so-new people: that’s me. With my fear of hurting someone (or hurting myself, even thought that fear is kind of not so strong), I am cautiously skating, trying not to cross anyone’s path or make someone stumble. I am not so good with ice-skating and I know I can fall down.
Professionals: know how to do tricks, ride backwards, and turn around (besides other stuff). Another group of people I am okay with unless they start to show off and not care about other people around them. If you skate well, well, I am happy for you. But please, let me learn; don’t scare me into the corner.
Drunken guys: the most dangerous group. They skate like newbies, but because they are drunk, they think they are professionals. As a result, everyone gets hurt because they fall down themselves and hit others (that was the only time when I fell down – I was cut from behind)…
TYPES OF PEOPLE IN CHURCH:
I have decided to talk about people in Church instead of entire humanity only because it’s a smaller group of people and therefore easier to classify.
To think about it, Christianity is kind of like ice-skating. It’s tougher than usual life in some areas, but you don’t get as exhilarated while simply walking as when you glide along smoothly on the ice. There’s *something* about it.
We are allotted certain period of time to live. On the skating rink you have 45 minutes, in life you have 45 years, less or more. And just like on a skating rink, there are different people you might meet in Church.
Newbies: they just came to know Jesus personally and still are moving around gingerly. It’s easy for us, “smart ones”, to laugh at them because they are so frightened about what is going to happen, but remember yourself when you just took that leap of faith – like stepping on the ice for the very first time. YIKES! SLIPPERY! What do I do now?
Cautious not-so-new people: once again, that’s me. I have been a Christian for a smaller half of my life (even though I went to Church when I was 6…) and on one hand I still remember what it was like to be new, but on the other hand, I can now talk with “professionals” without feeling too inadequate. I am an introverted people-pleaser (even though I remember and keep reminding myself that I cannot always please everyone) and as a result, I am cautious when I am around people. I try to be who I am without offending or shooing someone away. And I am as much afraid to fall down myself as make someone fall.
Professionals: they are good, they are really good. They are the leaders of the Church, they know smart words like procrastination (or was it transubstantiation? 🙂 ) and can debate / discuss for long periods of time the spiritual matters. That is all great. The only problem with professionals – it’s easy to forget how tough it was in the beginning, how tough it was even to learn to skate forward, not mentioning skating backwards. When one watches them, it seems so easy. Yet, it takes time to learn how to do it properly.
Drunken ones: as in skating, these are the most dangerous in Church. I am not talking about being physically drunk on alcohol. I am talking more about forgetting what is going on. They are the ones who start heresies and gossips. In Russian, there’s a saying, “for a drunken man, the sea is knee-deep.” Yes, the Gospel is simple enough for simple people to understand it, but when it’s taken out of the context, it might be a very precarious weapon. “Drunken ones” think they can give their own interpretations for what is going on and as a result many have been hurt and led astray.
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This is it for today for it is 12:23AM and I am tired (besides, it was a long post anyway). Tomorrow I will continue with actual lessons observed during the ice-skating that correspond with life.