Do You Have Low or High Viscosity

by Gily Tenorio on March 4, 2012

in Bible and Money


Occasionally, I’m writing an article about Bible-related topics focusing on personal finance, self-improvement, business, debt and money. Here’s why.

In chemistry, viscosity is defined as the property of a liquid in resistance to flow. As an example, water has low viscosity while honey has high viscosity. When you pour water into a cup, it will take shorter time to fill it with water than pouring honey into it. Fluidity, on the other hand, is the reciprocal of viscosity. Water has higher fluidity than honey.

As analogy, I could also apply this concept to people. Some people have low viscosity while others have high viscosity. Viscosity is the resistance of a person to the “flow” or trend of the current norm of the society.

If you have high viscosity, you will not flow easily with the trend that is happening, you are able to resist the friction of the “norm”. For example, it is becoming popular these days to get a credit card. Even those people who cannot afford to apply for one will look for ways to get one.

Sometimes it is better to have high viscosity particularly in circumstances that may bring bad things to your life. Take for example about credit card. Most of the time it is better to have no credit card at all because it will bring debt to you. At the beginning, you can control it but as the time goes by, you will be surprised that you cannot pay anymore your bills because of lack of discipline and impulse buying.


On the other part, having low viscosity is sometimes helpful. Take for example, you are becoming more “fluid” (low viscosity) through the changes that’s happening to your life. Since you are more fluid, you can easily adapt to your current environment and situation that you are now experiencing.

In Romans 12:2 (NIV), the Bible tells us this way:

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”.

As a Christian, we need to set a different standard from what the society is doing and telling us to do. It is our duty not to follow the pattern of this world particularly those things that will bring us harm and will not give glory to our God.

Finally, make your life more “fluid” to what is good and beneficial, and you should be more “viscous” to the things that will not give you any benefits and will cause your life more difficult. Resists and be more viscous to evil things but be more fluid to good things that will benefit you and your neighbor.


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