Jack Daly in his book, Hyper Sales Growth, states, “Never quote a price until you establish value.”
I think that is a good rule of thumb for all of life.
The easy answer to a child that pushes back on a parent’s instruction is, “Because I told you so.” But that answer will never “train up a child in the way he/she should go.” The parent needs to work out the math with them and establish the value (what’s in it for them) for obeying.
The easy answer for going on a diet is so you’ll look good in your clothes. But three days into not eating sweets a “hot now” Krispy Kreme will probably look better to you than you looking good in cloths. To truly stay on a diet you’ve got to do the math and establish a value bigger than your cravings.
The easy reason for telling someone to obey the commands of God is, “So you won’t go to hell.” However, that answer runs the risk of turning them into a worse sinner—a Pharisee, keeping the letter of the law but not really having a changed heart.
The ONE THING for today: Do the math–tabulate why you’re doing what you’re doing and if the “why” is not bigger than the cost—stop doing it.
Luke 18:29-30 (NKJV)
29 So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”