Weekly Winter Word 15

Feb 7, 2013

Name Dropping…for Jesus!

Highlighted SFC Value:  B.R.I.D.G.E.

“Engaging” – Like Jesus, we intentionally meet all people (Christian and non-Christian) where they are, both physically and spiritually. Matthew 28:19-20

Applicable SFC Brah-verb:   Brahverb #20

Name dropping? More like,“lame dropping. If we are finding our identity in the celebrity status of our friends or in the attention we get from bragging about our abilities, we’ve overshot the landing, so to speak. Within the shred culture, this is taboo. Avoid it. You’re trying too hard.

STORY:

There are millions of participants, but for those who live within it, the ski and snowboard world feels very tight knit. And even more so, if your home mountain is a popular one frequented by professionals (who you see in the magazines and videos) you likely see or meet or ride a chair with the “faces” of the shred world. If you’re a backcountry shredder, more than likely you’ve skinned up behind (or have been passed by) pro shreds.

It’s a small, tight-knit industry. That’s just how it is. And it’s for that reason, when a new kid comes into town or goes to summer camp and meets a pro for the first time, he gets starry eyed and begins telling all of his friends about it. This is taboo in the shred world and the culprit is referred to as a “name dropper.”

One early-season morning many years ago I was headed to the mountain to spend two hours in the park before work. The lifts had just begun to turn, and my first lap through the park it was empty. In my quiet time that morning, God had been challenging me in my relationship-building, so I said, “Okay, Lord, let me meet someone today who challenges me.”

On my second lap through the park, there was one person there, and he was hiking a rail by himself, and I said out loud, “Yep. That’s the guy.”

I introduced myself, asked if I could hike it with him and asked where he was from.

“I know a bunch of pros up here that I stay with like all the time,” was his response. It was so overtly name-dropping that I almost laughed out loud. Then I realized he was serious. He quickly rattled off the names of three local pros and mispronounced two of their names. His efforts to impress me with a list of his friends was so overt and such a hard pill to swallow that I laughed at how the Lord had responded to my prayer from just minutes ago.

So…I invited him to SFC.

Some of the “regulars” at SFC came up to me after our meeting and said, “wow, that dude is quite the name dropper,” but we recognized that this dude WAS DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS.

Every week, he’d come back to SFC and over the course of a year or so, he began following Jesus, and one day over a meal, I brought up the name-dropping issue. He said, “I know I’ve always been a bit self-conscious and insecure, but I had no idea that I was doing that.”

Application for SHRED LIFE:

Sometimes, our actions are so overtly telling of our insecurities that they are easily seen by others, even if we don’t see them at all. But the Truth of God’s Word spoken in a respectful relationship brings fruit in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Now, we talk about “if you’re name-dropping, it better be the name of Jesus.”

Look up these scriptures: Matthew 10:32-33 Phillipians 2:9-11 James 3:5-12

ASK: When are we guilty of bragging or seeking attention from others? Are we sensitive to hear the Holy Spirit’s leading when we let our insecurities show? How do we respond to the loud guy in the lift line crying out for attention? How would Jesus have acted if he were a shredder? How can we challenge each other to overcome those insecurities in our lives?

SFC USA