My friend works at a company that sells manufactured homes. As you pull in the parking lot there is a small row of parking places right in front of the office and then there is additional parking farther back, nearer the street. The employees, who are there first each morning, normally took the spots by the door.
The boss decided that those places should be available for customers so he asked all the employees to park by the street. No one minded; everyone thought that was a good idea. But oddly enough, this has not worked. My friend just told me this morning that all the customers are now parking by the street too. No one is parking in front of the building.
Why is this happening? We speculate that the faded parking lines create enough confusion for the customers to wonder if it is okay to park there. Then they follow the crowd and park where all the rest of the cars are even though it means a good distance to walk. Some people would say it is the classic “herd mentality.”
Don’t let this happen to you in your spiritual walk. If you have a “herd mentality” in our culture you will likely end up in places farthest away from God’s kingdom. Sure, that’s where everyone else is but it’s not the best. Break out from the others who go after “all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” (1 John 2:16)
If you want to go far with God, park up close…even if you’re all alone!