When I was a young student in Mons, Belgium, I learned the importance of being attentive in class. Two students, oblivious to the lecture, were busy chatting away at their desk in the back of the class. The professor, well aware of their inattention, smiled at the attentive students and continued to lecture as he walked over to the chalkboard. To the right of the chalkboard, on the floor, was a pail of murky stale water. The professor - still lecturing - slowly reached into the pail to retrieve a large sponge, soaking up as much water as possible. Then, without missing a beat, gently lobbed the sponge onto the desk at the back of the room.It was hard not to laugh. (I'm sure I did anyway.)
Needless to say, I never misbehaved or feel asleep in that class. As far as I know, the professor only did this once. Thereafter, legend was as effective as action.
That was 30 years ago.
I've since thought that I could make my seminars much more exciting by tossing a wet sponge at the first person I see nodding off. I'd probably have to refund that person's seminar fee, but I'm sure that the rest of my audience would get MUCH more from my presentation.
I wonder what would happen if my pastor did this in church?
He'd only have to do this once, I'm sure, but the rest of the congregation would probably get much more out of the sermons for years to come.
I'm willing to risk it. Are you?