Many years ago my husband and I led a team of ten campus ministers at a particular university. We met together twice a week: once for prayer, and another for planning, problem-solving, evaluating, etc.
As can happen, a few of our team members (admittedly, myself included) had trouble arriving on time for our meetings. Desiring to instill a sense of professionalism—not to mention respect for others’ time—in our team members, we decided to enact a tardy policy: For every minute you were late to a meeting, you were required to contribute a quarter to “the pot.” At the end of the semester we would use the money to subsidize a team dinner to a nice restaurant. In essence, if you were perpetually late you would be buying dinner for everyone.
The policy really seemed to work…for most of us. But one team member in particular continued to struggle to arrive on time. While most of us occasionally threw a coin or two into the pot, she regularly laid down dollar bills in multiple denominations.