Squealing Tires, Black Marks, & Moving Forward

When I first got my driver’s license, my friends and I used to have a little fun in our cars.

What we did wasn’t that safe for our lives or for our cars, but here’s what we liked to do…

We’d find a straight stretch of road with little traffic.
We’d come to a complete stop.
We’d put our car in neutral,
hit the gas,
and pop the car into drive.

The result was squealing tires and black marks.
We loved doing this.

Ultimately, we were just creating friction between our tires and the road.

We were creating friction by forward movement.

I’ve come to realize as my life has progressed that much of life works this way…

Forward movement creates friction.

When we’re laying low and staying comfy,
friction is usually minimal.

When we begin to move forward with our lives and pursue our vision and follow the call of God,
friction becomes heavy.

Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Paul understood moving forward and the friction that it created.
Heck, before his miraculous encounter with Christ, he helped create some friction for believers.

If you feel that the friction in your life has gotten more apparent recently,
forward movement creates friction.

You may not be doing anything wrong that’s resulting in the friction,
it may be just the opposite.

Press On!


  1. OR, can friction create forward movement? (I say yes!)

    Wow! Great post. It’s like you read my emails. Wait…do you? :) LOL Seriously, I shake my head in amazement at the stuff you come up with. Thanks, Jonathan!

    PS – and because of guys like you, I didn’t freak out when my daughter tattled on my son a few weeks ago for being a passenger in a car doing donuts in a church parking lot. I get that teenage guys like to do that. Not sure why, though.

    1. Haha. I’ve never read your emails, but I do write what God lays on my heart. I absolutely think friction either stops or creates forward motion… many times, the choice is ours! Thanks for always reading!

  2. Awesome read!! I couldn’t have said it better. You’re absolutely right the moment you start progressing is when you encounter friction. It’s I guess as they say “when the rubber meets the road”. You really come to find out who your true supporters are. When it’s all said & done you realize it’s been God all along who’s had your back & always will.


  3. Ron Adey

    Great post, I couldn’t agree more. I’m going through some friction myself right now. I just keep reminding myself that God is moving me forward and to something better.

  4. Aaron Aiken

    Such a great way to look at doing things outside of the normal (when they move us closer to God’s call on our lives). I, too, have been creating friction for about 10 months now in an effort to get closer to where God wants me to be. Loving every minute of it. Thanks for the encouragement to keep on keeping on, and great post.

  5. Great post, Jonathan. That friction challenges us, shapes us and grows us. You are so right,if there is minimal friction in our lives you have to wonder if there is minimal growth too.


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