I have done a lot of thinking about today's journal entry. I've got a lot on my plate right now (and always) and while it is almost always done joyfully, I'm human and the sheer magnitude of responsibility and obligation sometimes comes to the forefront. I'm the kind of person who does very well getting a project done when there is plenty of time to finish, time to bounce thoughts around in my head, off of others, time to test ideas and think through possible outcomes. Sometimes, I do equally well under a time crunch - my gut-feeling is generally the right one and I do tend to over-think things if I have too much time. I don't think there is a right or wrong way to accomplish tasks, and as long as things get finished, I don't see any harm in doing things the way you are most comfortable.
That said, I'm working on a project that I want desperately to procrastinate. Fortunately, it isn't a project that can be procrastinated! It requires thought, much consideration and much detailed planning. Unfortunately, the thought of all the detail, consideration and planning for something that won't come to fruition for several months is mentally exhausting to me! I'm working on planning a camp experience for the children of our church. I'm mentally formulating fundraisers, balancing the pros and cons of bringing a cook with us (and shopping for groceries for a group of children for whom I've never cooked and have no idea what they like and don't like!) and paying a camp to just do the meals (but costs are increasing a whole lot this year!) and all kinds of other things that really just bog me down. Not in a bad way, mind you, but I know how important this camp experience is for the children and I do not want to take any of it lightly. The responsibility of lesson plans that the kids can understand and that will be relevent for them is a role I take so seriously.
It occurred to me today that this is a prime example of "Friction". Proverbs 27:17 says that "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Our children are counting on us to pass along our Christian legacy to them. We have a wonderful church family and the adults take very seriously their charge of educating our children. This is a village I WANT my children to learn from. When the thought hit me that I am iron sharpening iron, in this project, I felt much more mentally equipped to deal with and handle the task at hand. As always, God's Word has something for me in a time that I am in need of Encouragement. This isn't about me planning camp, this is about equipping children for their life's calling, whatever that may be. Our children a precious and amazing reminders that God is so faithful to us. We need to be faithful without question to Him and what He wants us to do for His Kingdom.
Friction causes heat. Heat can be both a comforting force as well as a source of discomfort. The way we process our reaction to friction, or more accurately, the heat that friction produces, is an indcator of how successful we are able to function in our own life. Every action we take gives us either potential to get burned or the potential to lead us to growth.
Friction, pressure, heat and interaction with others all provide opportunities to fly or fall, to sink or swim. Reactions to negative things in my life are a means by which to grow in Christ. But if not taken seriously, those same things can also combine to provide the potential to fail. I'm ready to give into friction... allow it's heat to nudge me in the right direction, to push me and encourage me to accomplish what I set out to do. We need to be aware of forces around us that are encouraging forces. Feeling the heat is not always a bad thing... the heat can push us toward the finish line, and sometimes... it might be just the encouragement that we need to get the job done.