The famous business fable of The Chicken and the Pig is all about commitment to a project or cause.
When producing a dish made of ham and eggs, the pig provides the ham which requires his sacrifice and the chicken provides the eggs which are not difficult to produce. Thus the pig is really committed in that dish while the chicken is only involved, yet both are needed to produce the dish.
Well one of my managers made this statement during one of our meetings..It was referenced to define two types of project members by the .
Pigs: who are totally committed to the project and accountable for its outcome.
Chickens::who consults on the project and is informed of its progress.
This analogy is based upon the pig being able to provide bacon (a sacrificial offering, for which the pig must die in order to provide) versus a chicken which provides eggs (non-sacrificial).
For a Scrum project :: the Product Owner, the Scrum Master and Development Team are considered as people who are committed to the project while customers and executive management are considered as involved but not committed to the project.*Project Management jargons
It got me thinking ..How can this management principle specifically be applied to our daily life.
There’s a huge difference between involvement and commitment. If we’re merely ‘involved’ in something then we don’t have to give it our all. If it fails, it’s not the end of the world.
But if we’re ‘committed’ that’s a different matter. Then it really is do or die.
We’ve got a lot more at stake. It’s very important to know the difference.
In ham and eggs the chicken is involved but never committed, but the pig is committed.
So they can’t be relied on.
For the chicken to feed others, it merely makes the CHOICE to get INVOLVED by laying its eggs. On the other hand, for the pig to feed others it must make the ultimate SACRIFICE and COMMIT to losing its life.
Our relationships today are that of HAM and EGGS
When neither party is willing to COMMIT – Chickens
When people are just getting INVOLVED and unwilling to COMMIT in their relationship – Chickens again
When people get involved or committed in dead end relationships – Expecting Ham and Eggs but all you get is Chicken or Pigs on the plate, doesn’t serve any purpose.
1.Stop hopping and get COMMITTED.
Too many folks have an “I HOP “mentality – if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just hop over to the next relationship. It’s time to get committed. Commitment will test and show your real character. Commitment requires SACRIFICE of the MIND first, before your BODY. We can never enter any relationship without the “Commitment” mentality.
2. Stop wasting your time chasing chickens or pigs that are too chicken to involve.
Learn how to hear and wait on God. God is the ONLY source that can help you discern the difference between chickens that are involved and pigs that won’t commit. Besides the fact, you shouldn’t be with chickens to begin with, when you should be soaring with eagles.
Don’t be around pigs that are too chicken to commit or chickens who are just involved.
You are worth much much more!!
3. Don’t allow someone else to make you an option when you are the PRIORITY.
When God formed you he never made you to be someone else’s OPTION. You are the priority and deserve to be treated like royalty. Sons and Daughters of the Most High.
Psalms 139 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”…
In fact, who told you that you were just a chicken? Listen, chickens don’t fly, but eagles soar. Rise to your potential, spread your wings and soar.
If someone makes you an option, you got to make them a memory and nothing more. They don’t deserve your time or energy
So coming back to our question::Why should the chicken get involved if the pig won’t commit?
Asked in a different way : Why should God get INVOLVED, if you won’t COMMIT to that relationship?
God so LOVED the world that he GAVE His ONLY son (Jesus) to die for you and me. (John 3:16) “To love someone takes commitment and commitment requires a sacrifice”. Period.
Jesus made the ultimate SACRIFICE by COMMITTING to die on the cross at Calvary.
Do we not see that the union of marriage is the reflection of Christ’s commitment and union to the church?
Have we become too VAIN as a culture that it’s all about us? To satisfy our carnal desires ?
~ Lincy Hepsiba
*extracts from Chris Richardson
*Disclaimer : This blog is applicable only to believers ,who wish to exercise their union of marriage as the reflection of Christ’s commitment to the church.