Positive Ticket

Ecclesiastes 3:12

12I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 

The Springfield Police Service is on the hunt for kids taking safety seriously. Officers began handing out ‘positive tickets’ to children in the community. The aim of this program is to provide positive reinforcement to children who are behaving in a safe manner, and reward them for doing things like wearing a bike helmet, crossing the street safely, watching when they’re seeing drivers coming and ensuring that the speeds are good. On the back of the tickets there are safety messages directed at both children and their parents for them to look, listen, cross the street safely and a little bit of information in regards to school zones and to watch their speeds. When officers hand out tickets, kids also get a coupon for a treat from Town Bake Shop & Ice Cream or the Tim Hortons. This has also been a great opportunity for officers to interact with the youth in the community to show them what police do. “It’s what I call good old fashioned community policing,” said Chief Const. Mark Kane. “We’re going back to the basic fundamental roots of interacting with our community and showing children that we are there and we’re that happy smiling face and not just a car that drives by.”

Good behavior is never wasted. It doesn’t need scholarly authored literary composition for anyone to embrace the idea that it is worthy to do good. One can easily observe practical instances in many aspects of life. In sports competition, in school, at place of work, at home, in the community, commendation is awarded to those who do good things. Majority agrees that it is never admirable to reward those who do bad things. The idea of “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” promotes justice for the aggrieved person. But believers in Christ should not be satisfied with just fighting for one’s rights. We are reminded in Romans 12:19, Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 1 Peter 3:9, Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Lord Jesus, please enable me to bless those who maltreat me.

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