Cleanliness has always been my thing; probably instilled by the genes of my mother or by her constant habit of sweeping and cleaning the house even when late for an appointment with the Queen of England. The concept of a clean room can cause me to sweep five times a day if I have to or rearrange everything whiles an assignment sits on my desk begging to be tackled.

On the morning of a beautiful day, as usual, I got the brush to sweep my room and the Holy Spirit whispered: “What about the corridor?” And just to dodge the question, I also asked: “Yeah what about it?” He explained that whiles I was always busy sweeping my room and neglecting the corridor, the dirt from the corridor kept coming in whenever the door was opened, regardless of how little I opened it. Without notice and in small amounts, the dirt particles always crept back to my room. He asked that I sweep the corridor as often as I swept my room. Ever since that revelation, I try my best to sweep the corridor whenever I sweep my room.

Between Him and I, we both knew this was beyond sweeping rooms and corridors; it was a cue for me to check and correct certain things in my life. Unfortunately, many of us are like my room and corridor. We are dedicated to keeping our lives on track, building our relationships with God, working hard on our ambitions and so on but we neglect the external factors. The friends that negatively influence us; be it in actions or words, the family we allow to discourage us, the relationship that slowly takes us away from God, etc.; all these things without much notice renders our dedication futile.

I am certainly not asking you to sever relationships and affiliations or cut away people who don’t contribute to your goals. I’m saying you and I both should put our filters on and do away with people and environment that do not enable us to become better and live the life that God has called us to. Don’t ever place yourself so high and think you can never be influenced. It doesn’t matter how smart or talented you are, it’s not a matter of the skills you possess; if your corridor is dirty and you choose to do nothing about it then be rest assured that you will find some of those dirt particles in your room.

It’s a notion so simple, yet so difficult to apply to our lives. How successful you will be at fulfilling your purpose on earth and your worldly ambitions, to a major extent, comes down to the people you spend time with and the environment you place yourself in; it can elevate you as much as it can bring you down. You are an average of the people and environment you spend the most time. Do you still doubt? Ask Moses! (Genesis 34:28-35)

“You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyse your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?”  W. Clement Stone