In the 1960s a study was done with kids and marshmallows. Researchers brought 4-5 year old children into a private room and gave them a choice: eat one marshmallow now or get two marshmallows when the researcher returned in 15 minutes.
Some kids gobbled up their marshmallow right away, others made it part of the time, then caved, while others held out to the reward of a second marshmallow. The significant part of the study came later as the follow up was done. The kids who were able to wait and delay their gratification were more successful in almost every aspect of life. Read the article here.
Now how does this apply to us? For adults, are we able to delay our gratification to reach greater success? As Christians are we able to resist earthly pleasures (think 1 marshmallow) and wait until Jesus returns with an even greater reward?
“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”
– Psalm 27:14