Jack Welch, CEO of GE, said, “If you want to rise to the top, the first thing you must understand is the importance of getting out of the pile.”
Your environment influences everything about you. Your attitude, your compassion, your patience, your temper, your love, your speech… Everything hinges on what – and who – you’re surrounding yourself with.
If you’re always around people who are putting crud into your head, then crud is what will come out in your life. If, however, you’re around people who are putting love and compassion into your head, then that’s likely what comes out in your relationships, job and family.
The HARDEST thing to do in life is orienting your life around people who are headed the same direction you are. If the people surrounding you aren’t in the same place, headed the same direction, at the same speed as you are, you MUST take a long, hard look at why you’re letting them so close to your heart.
As long as you’re stuck right there in the middle of the pile, you’re just wallering in the muck and not doing yourself or anyone else any good. You HAVE to get out of the pile so you can turn around, love the people in the pile and be an agent in their transformation.
Jesus spoke right to this with a parable in Matthew 22…
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son…
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.
“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Somehow, some way, the man got into a party that he wasn’t dressed for. He snuck in and was quickly discovered. He was trying to fit in somewhere he didn’t belong and it didn’t last long. He had been wallering in the muck of the pile, all the while pretending that he was above the crud.
What are you dressing for? Are you dressed for the wedding? Or are you dressed for the pile?
We live in a broken, desperate world, but we’re called to dress our hearts and minds for the wedding that is to come. The HARDEST thing to do in life is remembering to surround us with people, experiences and opportunities that allow us to dress for where we’re going…not for where we are.
What are you dressing for?