Dear Mosaic Family,
A recent study out of Northwestern University analyzing the productivity of a large tech firm found that employees sitting within 25 feet of a high performer at work improved an employee's performance by 15%. Conversely, sitting within 25 feet of a low performer decreased performance by 30%. This "positive spillover" translated into an estimated $1 million in additional profits annually. The "toxic spillover" of low performers was significantly more costly. Researchers analyzed more than 58,000 hourly service workers at 11 well-known firms, finding that a "toxic worker's" annual negative financial impact comes to $12,800, far exceeding the financial boost from a superstar.
My freshman year in college, I was assigned to room with a Valedictorian from Maine named Dave. On paper, Dave and I were diametrically opposed. The very first week, we actually asked to get new roommates, because we couldn't foresee the living arrangement working out. However, after a couple weeks, we both realized we needed each other. Though brilliant, Dave worked harder than anyone I've ever met. He would work for 12-14 hours a day on his studies. So I started working at the same clip. I would take breaks to eat and work out. Dave was kind of a scrawny kid, and asked if he could come to the gym with me. By the end of freshman year, I had a 4.0 and Dave had gained 30lbs of muscle. We're still great friends.
Can you relate? We are all interconnected far more than we care to admit. The people around us impact not just the quality of our lives, but the trajectory of our lives.
You've heard the adage, "show me your friends and I'll show you your future." It's true in life, but particularly true in spiritual life. Our friends either strengthen or sap our faith. I can point to pivotal seasons in my faith, and tell you about the seismic impact particular friends had in my life.
Proverbs 13:20 says,
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm."
Wise friends set us on a trajectory of wise living. Foolish friends predict a foolish future.
Who are your friends? Are they wise? Are you a good friend? Do you treasure friendship?
Join us tomorrow, as we look to the greatest friend ever, Jesus Christ. We'll study what made Him such a great friend, and how, thanks to Jesus, we can all grow to become better friends. We'll be looking at John 15:12-17.
This Week's Announcements
Membership 101 Class
Sunday, November 10, 1 p.m.
Want to learn more about what Mosaic Boston is all about? Come hear the story of Mosaic, why we are here, and how you can join the church through membership. Pizza lunch provided, please RSVP to email@example.com
Songs for Sunday
If you would like to know what we'll be singing on Sunday, you can find the playlist here.