I recently went to my old gym because it is closer to my house and the roads were awful due to a November blizzard. While the gym itself is fine, I was quickly reminded why I left:
What this picture communicates is that nobody cares. Not only was there a trash problem, there were 45lb weights thrown onto the floor like they were the discarded legos of our five-year-old. I’d like to dismiss all this and say that the gym was just having a “bad day.” The problem is that this kind of behavior went on for MONTHS prior to me leaving, and apparently still exists!
It was so bad that I ended up joining a gym further away from my house, that costs MUCH more.
And is awesome….
I fear this may sound judgmental, but it is not intended to be. So, here is what goes through my mind when I see something like this:
What small things am I not paying attention to?
What small things is Hoffer Plastics not paying attention to?
Do we value our customers? Really?
Do I value my kids? Am I willing to help pick their crap up, even when they should be picking their crap up?
Am I willing to help Sarah clean the kitchen up? Especially when work has been mentally and physically taxing?
If everyone treated Christ Community Church the way I do, would the Church be healthy?
Do I ever forget to put weights away at my new gym?
Or, more personal…Do I let people I love hear that I love them?
Do I hug my wife enough?
My mom would want me to hug her more.
I could go on.
The small things –even trash — matter.