As I finish my Doctorate, Alyson and I have been thinking through where we want to live next, so we have talked a lot about where we might go and raise our little family. We have our criteria that we want our new destination to offer, but we also are willing to do without some of the things on our wish list. We are putting a lot of prayer and thought into this decision because we believe that the place we live is extremely important – for ourselves, kids, jobs, future, etc.
The reality for all of us is that places matter. Whether it’s the place you live, work, eat, hang out, or sleep – it matters.
Interesting enough, God made places before He made people. Therefore, I’m convinced that where you are is almost as important as what you are.
Here’s why that’s true: Where you are determines what grows within you.
Another way of saying that is this: “Birds of a feather, flock together.” And even, “You lay with dogs, you gonna wake up with fleas.” (Know any more sayings like this?)
What all this means is that your weaknesses and strengths are impacted by the place you find yourself. The people around you will impact you one way or another. The job you hold has certain expectations you must do whether you are good at them or not.
Let me be bold here: If you aren’t in a job that plays to your strengths, or is toxic to you and your family in some way, find another. If you don’t hang out with people that build you up, or if you hang out with people that seem to “lead you astray,” find new friends.
The bottom line is this: If you are serious about being the best you can be, then you will be serious about the place you find yourself.
You got this!