Neurology tells you that the front of the brain is wired for rewards. The other part of the brain, often called the reptile brain or fish brain, operates from a risk perspective. I came across this video about coaching on Chris Borgan‘s site.
Around the six minute mark, he starts talking about risk and reward. This perspective lives in youth ministry in abundance. But it’s selective. When it comes to new programs and ideas, youth workers are rewards focused. They
ask for demand that other people take on big changes with them, pursuing the rewards. When it comes to direction, say from a sr. pastor, they operate from a risk mindset. Fear overcomes their ability to see rewards.
Faith has something significant to say about both of these responses. It hopes for what can’t be seen. It reassures the moments of risk. At the same time, it balances rewards by pointing to God as the beneficent God who rewards our trust in his purpose.
I’ve been deliberately praying that I can operate more from rewards based on faith. Join me?