Got stretch?

Grasp both ends of a rubber band. Stretch it.

You’ll find that the rubber band resists. The stiffer it is, the more it resists. However, if you apply enough force, you can cause it to stretch.

Have you ever felt like the rubber band? Have you felt an external force that stretched you? Maybe you are in that situation right now.

Sometimes this stretching is the result of our inability to focus on what is most important. We say yes to everything and are great at nothing. Sometimes, though, we can be stretched by God. This is the act of our loving Father to prepare us for more. Greater impact, greater leadership, greater service, greater influence.

Consider these two aspects of the rubber band.

1. Its stiffness determines the force required to stretch it. Are you pliable or rigid? How much force will God need to apply to stretch you?

2. When the rubber band is stretched, energy is stored. This stored energy is called potential energy (PE). It’s mathematical description is:

PE = 1/2*k*x^2,

where k is the stiffness and x is the extension, or stretch. Note that the extension is squared. A little stretch stores a lot of energy. Three becomes nine. Four becomes 16. Five becomes 25.

The next time you feel stretched, consider all the potential that is being stored in you. Direct it toward expanding God’s kingdom and see how He will use your energy!


About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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