The Halloween Experiment
Halloween is a little more than a month away and stores are full of all types of related items. Did you know that Americans spend nearly over 6 billion dollars, second only to Christmas and about $74 per household? Which brings me to my next point, personal motivation. Personal Motivation seems to be the root of almost every problem in the world. Behavior has emotions tied to it, including Halloween and here’s the proof…
One Halloween night a mom left on the front porch a bowl of candy and a bowl of apples because she and her family were not going to be home. When she returned home, she notice an empty bowl and a nearly full bowl of apples. So next year when Halloween rolled around, she had an idea. She did the same thing as the year before, a bowl of candy, bowl of apples, but she added one thing. Next to the bowl of apples, she placed a life-size cutout of Batman that simply said, “Batman likes apples.” When she returned home and to her dismay, she noticed that about half the candy was gone, however all the apples had been taken. Point made!! The issue was totally re-framed, the kids saw the choice of an apple as something cool, something interesting, rather than something their parents told them to do. The power of suggestion and influence at work. It’s the same with being a Christ-like role model for your children, family, co-workers and neighbors. So here’s the question… What are you motivated by? Remember behavior has emotions tied to it…
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.