Video Blog# 3 “Commitment” 7/24/11

33 Responses

  1. Thanks for the blog Jim and keep on keeping on with your message! “A dream without action is just a wish” is one of my all time favorite quotes…it all starts with faith and commitment! Cheers!

    July 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

    • Thanks for your response Kelly! I like your saying as well. A dream without action is just a wish. That is so true. For some reason when we are young it’s easy for us to act on are dreams. When we get older first we stop dreaming as much, and second it seems to become harder to commit to these goals we have. Do me a favor, and pass on these blogs to someone the Lord mite put on your heart. God bless

      July 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  2. charly french

    really cool, this blog has definitly, made consider some thing i have been putting off for a while , thanks buddy .

    July 25, 2011 at 11:47 am

    • Thanks Charly! Let me know how it goes. Remember we can never accomplish anything meaningful without commitment. God bless

      July 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  3. Mario Desilets

    I have loved all of your messages. Great, practical teaching!

    July 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    • Thanks Mario! I am glad you are injoying them. Please do me a favor and share them with someone that maybe the Lord puts on your heart. I appreciate you comment! God bless

      July 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

  4. Jim, this couldn’t be more perfect timing. There are things the Lord has been pressing upon my heart to commit to. It’s fear and doubt in myself that is actually holding me back. I’m starting to realize how true it is that on my own I simply can’t do it, but with God all things are possible, especially something He’s calling me to do.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm

  5. Hi Marylea. Praise God! I love when the Lord reaffirms things like that. Please stay in touch and pass on the link to people God mite put on your heart. Blessings!

    July 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  6. erik bro hostetler

    yo man,I’m a shred photog in UT. and have always been a fan.i’m not religous in a traditional sense but I dig your over all message,and your passion.Keep it up

    July 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    • Hi Eric. I like your comment “I’m not religious in a traditional sense”. When the bible uses the word religion it point out the difference between true religion and bad religion. I like to say that I have a relationship with Jesus Christ instead. When I think of religion I think of how, many times man misrepresents God. We all fall short of the glory of God that’s why Jesus went to the cross, for are sins but when people say things that aren’t in the bible and say it’s from God they are simple misrepresenting God in the name of religion. That’s what comes to most people’s minds when they here that word. Anyhow, God bless you buddy! Thanks for your comment.

      August 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

  7. Trevor

    Jim, You are quite the inspiration as well as your words. Good work, Look forward to hearing more!

    July 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    • Thanks a ton Trevor. Praise God! I will keep doing the video blogs but do me a favor and pass them on to your contacts. Let’s spread the love. God bless you buddy!!!

      August 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

  8. Mike

    Well Jim once again you made me think the right way or the way we all should, just had to remember the principalities of life & helping others. I love your word’s buddy, but in a matter of hours I’ll be mad at the world?

    August 1, 2011 at 4:40 am

    • Hi Mike. I hear you bro! Each day we have to chose are attitude. My prayers is God give me an attitude of gratitude. The Bible says godliness with contentment is great gane. My nature is to focus on what’s not going right or who is not treating me the way I feel like I should be treated. That anger can be crippling. Don’t let it. Keep checking out these blogs buddy and do me a favor and pass them on. God bless

      August 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

  9. Kevin Murray

    First, as a Quincy High graduate (1982) let me congratulate and thank you for the setting such a great example and for being a community son for all to be proud of.

    I have really enjoyed your posts and have found them to be comforting as well as inspirational. The further I progress on my walk, the more I realize the importance of commitment. At one time I would have thought that the path would get easier with each mile and therefore would require progressively less commitment with each step. Perhaps there are some who have found laid before them an easier path, but for me that path, though very rewarding, seems at each mile to go through tougher terrain. Perhaps that is simply the result of answering the callings that others shun because they are filled with challenge. Maybe it is that I have not yet learned the skills and gathered the tools which would guide me to an easier path.

    Whichever the reason if I am to help see my calling succeed to the level to which I felt I was called I must continue to sharpen my focus and deepen my commitment. Only God knows why he chose not to give me better natural talent (likely because he knows I would have been too immature to handle such a blessing and would have become a raving jerk), but luckily he has graced me with stubbornness and a deep enough lack of intelligence that I rarely know when to give up.

    I have a strong calling to serve in a manner which I hope will improve the lives of my communities’ youth. Recently I have had a landslide of what I fees to me misguided opposition on a couple of different fronts. For the past couple of weeks I have been, I am ashamed to say, giving consideration to throwing in the towel. Fortunately, there is still a strong enough tug and a few messages that have come at just the right time (funny how that works) to encourage me to take at least one more step. Your message on commitment is one such example. Thank you for posting.

    Through this period of challenge there have been words said and actions taken which have left me both deeply disappointed and very angry with those who were the source. Your post on conflict resolution gave pause for reflection. I thought you might enjoy some words my wife shared with me the other day when were speaking of my frustrations.
    “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

    I am working hard to live by these words. I just pray that God keeps closer to me my pen of diplomacy than my sword of retribution.

    Thanks for the messages and food luck on the marathon.

    August 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    • Well put Kevin! I love your analogies. Keep on keeping on. I am going to post a blog soon called “I hate my 30s”. I have gotten several messages from people sharing there struggles that I totally relate to. God bless you buddy!

      August 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      • Kevin Murray

        Thanks for the shout back. By the way……I will trade my later (sigh) 40s for your 30s any day man. ;^)

        August 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm

  10. Chad harris

    Hey Jim,

    Not quite sure why I’m writing this to you, for some reason u seem more on my level, guess it’s our shreddin backgrounds and I really looked up to you then and still do now.
    I dunno I seem to be stuck in a rut don’t know which way is up and it seems I’m so not living life to the fullest. I sure used to but neck deep in bills and stupid job that I’m for some reason a dedicated employee to, drugs, booze, family tragedies and separations bla bla bla.

    Now I’m pondering moving across the world to follow dreams and passions but is all that crap gonna follow me there? Seems it will if I don’t figure out my path in life. Lately feeling like going out on a no balls suicide mission, yunno go big or go home? I’m not suicidal but I’m bored!

    Hope this doesn’t sound too messed up! I’m a good guy with a good heart and an extremely hard worker who’s just going nowhere in life and I’m not impressed with myself at all. I put on a happy face and joke my way through the days then go home drink beer and smoke weed till bedtime. Wow what a loser I’ve become! What happened?

    Anyway enough of me slaggin myself, just wanted to talk. I watch your blogs and I’ve watched them all more than once, you inspire me! Keep cool man


    August 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

    • Hi Chad. Sorry for the delay in my response. I did “I hate my 30s” for you. Hopefully it helps. If not feel free to give me a call. (530)448-1223 please call before 5pm. God bless you buddy

      January 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  11. Shaemus McCrory

    Nice work!!! Love the video blog; great insight. I stumbled on your page looking for some info on Grace’s website. I was a huge fan of yours growing up in Truckee. Glad to see you are doing well. Are you running CIM in December, so am I. +1 Let me know if we need to start a running group at Grace :)

    Thanks for everything!

    August 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    • Thanks Shaemus! Let’s go running. This friday I am going to run 9 miles if you want to go, just call me 530 448 1223. Thanks for the encouraging words. God bless you bro!

      August 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

  12. Dom White

    it s a good way of expressing natural skils and attitude.and hey dude sometime you need to keep faith in your futur or present project that you plan.i did my best to answer you in english.a big hello from quebec try to reply in french .LOL

    August 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    • Thanks Dom. My wife is French Canadian bud I have no French speaking skills. Good thing you speak English. Great Job! God bless

      August 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

  13. Jennifer

    I love listening to you speak. Very practical and clear. God has built a lot of character in you that is unmistakable. Sometimes you have to go through things to be able to relate to others and I strongly feel that is how you are. Being down to earth is essential to function as you do, so as to reach and relate to everyone possible. I love to watch how God works in your life. God is such an awesome God. Thank you for being obedient~ keeping commitments for example. Sometimes that is the only Bible someone may read~ your life:)

    August 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    • Thanks a ton Jennifer! That’s a huge complement. God tells us strait up that he will allow us to go threw tuff times to have compassion on others. Lord please help us to be strong, that we may glorify you name.

      August 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

  14. Nicky S

    To Jim,
    I’m 30 and have followed the snowboard era a ton. Had you on my wall as a kid. I just recently converted to christianity and have taken Christ as my saviour from Judism. Lived in JH as a young adult and after becoming pregnant moved closer to my family in NY. I have found Christ and the love of the word and read it every day. I was raised jewish and my parents kinda except my new found religion. But not really. But thats ok I love Christ and take what the bible says as the truth. god is love

    September 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    • Hi Nicky. Thanks for your message. You just made my day!!!! My buddy Mike is Jewish. Check out some of the dialogue ive had with him on blog #4. I am so happy that you know the savior! That just fires me up. I will pray for your folks. Praise Jesus!!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm

  15. Jan

    Hello Jim,
    i am a snowboarder from Czech Republic who has grown up watching you in all these TB videos…nice to see your shift on the life journey and i am happy that i´ve found your blog.

    Last season i had a bad knee injury which had put me out of the slopes for a long time. I was always interested in spiritual journey, but simply put, this injury made me ask bigger questions and go even deeper into myself. If you could share some of your thought and opinion, i´d appreciate it…
    As an athlete in sports like snowboarding, one is dealing with such forces, that may lead to injury or even death. Of course, one always trying to dö the best to stay safe, but in the same time we are trying to progress and be creative.

    I wonder what´s your outlook on injuries. I see them as they are a sign of our soul, which want us to change our thinking patterns and life so one can “reconnect” with the divine force again. I see injuries as the soul is speaking to us and say, that the path we took is wrong. In my opinion, life is a gift, so to risk it is against the purpose of why we came to this Earth.

    In the same time, i want to continue snowboarding, i think it is such a wonderful sport which allows us to be in contact with the nature and i´ve had so many almost mystical experiences while riding, i don´t want to give it up…

    I wonder what is your opinion about injuries(i am sure that you´ve had some in your career) and their meaning.

    Thank you,

    November 10, 2011 at 12:12 am

    • Hey Jan,

      I live in Seattle, WA. But my best friends/brothers are Christians from Radonice, just north of Praha. Marek, David, and Daniel Tousek. Mark runs a backcountry CZ snowboard site called He also runs a weeklong backcountry camp in CH. These boys have been brought up in Christ and love to talk and share their experiences. I know there’s not a huge Christian/snowboard scene in CZ, so maybe you guys could meet up. I know that they would be stoked to find another shred brother! Write Marek at [email protected]



      January 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  16. Kanji Christian

    Mr. Rippey,

    You want a comment, you got it! You certainly have a right to preach about commitment! And I have some experience in that department too, so listen to Jim’s wise words everyone. I testify on his behalf!

    This is just amazing, Jim Rippey, at one point, arguably, the best snowboarder in the world; now saved by Grace in Jesus Christ, speaking to you and me about Truth and the God who created it!

    Just great!


    December 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    • Thanks Kanji!! Thats very kind of you to say.
      I had this old acquantance of mine comment after the blog I did on karma. He said I dont know how Jesus has anything to do with karma that dosnt make any sence. When you understand the fact that God is truth and that his word is truth, then anything that is tought that is contrary to his truth is a lie and should be exposed as such. God bless you bro!!!

      January 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  17. Jim!

    Thank you so much for this site and your commitment to your brothers/sisters in Christ! Your blogs are inspiring and helpful. Hope to meet you when you come up to Seattle in a couple weeks.

    Oh, one thing, even though I’m sure you worked extremely hard in your snowboard career, I think you are overall a very gifted athlete, much like Jamie and Terje. I mean, didn’t you go pro after only four years of riding?!

    Keep up the good work brother! Christ is smiling down on us!


    January 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    • Hi Matt. I am looking forward to meeting you as well. I turned pro after two years of riding. Thats is one of the amazing aspects of snowboarding, that if your on the snow a lot you can progress really fast. Having the athletic ability and daredevil aditude are definitely gifts from God though!! Praise Jesus!!!! God bless you bro

      January 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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