I was listening to the Hamish and Andy podcast over the weekend, and one of their conversation topics was a bit of a silly one (actually they all are), but it definitely had some truth to it.
Hamish postulated that there are certain areas in society that need “more carrot, and less stick” – referring to positive and negative reinforcement.
Positive reinforcement – where a reward (carrot) is instituted to encourage behaviour, compared with “the stick”
Negative reinforcement – where an action (being hit with a stick) is used to discourage certain behaviour.
(Positive and negative don’t refer to the actions taken, but rather the modulation of the behaviour – something I learnt last week in Paediatrics).
But, Hamish had a point. A lot of times in life we are taught about all the things we shouldn’t do. And the punishments associated with those decisions.
But what if we were given a vision/revelation about the good. The rewards. What we COULD be.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
What if our motivator was a realisation of the potential in us, instead of what we shouldn’t be doing?
What if you were so obsessed with what God was doing in your life and what you could be doing, that you didn’t have time to think about what you shouldn’t be doing?