Friction

Friction…it sounds like such a troublesome word.  It sounds like something that holds you back or causes you problems.  Friction…

Yet for all the potential issues friction can cause, there are many benefits as well.  Friction can keep you from sliding on the ice.  It can warm you up when you are cold.  Emotionally and in relationships, friction can cause you to learn lessons you might not have otherwise learned had you not experienced it.

My husband is a politician.  Sometimes he votes “no” on things.  He hates to see the people’s money wasted.  Yet this creates a lot of friction with other people who perhaps do not care as much about frivolous spending.  For some reason, when you are the odd man out voting “no” on things, the other politicians think you are the bad guy.  I tell him, “You are the friction that keeps those guys from wastefully spending my tax dollars.  You slow their spending down.”

Naturally, people purposefully avoid things that cause them trouble.  They tend to avoid things that cause friction.  Perhaps, however, friction is not as bad as people might think.

God uses trials in our life as a source of “friction” to create perseverance in His children.  James 1:2-4 (NIV) states, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  Friction should be considered joy because it produces perseverance.  Perseverance works in our life to produce maturity and completeness.

Friction…perhaps it is not so troublesome after all.  The results of friction can include not bumping your head on the ground from slipping on ice, being able to keep warm, and maturity.  In fact, even joy can be found with friction if you really take the time to consider it!

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