What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Marshmallow Test

By Creg

A famous experiment was done in the 1960’s by scientists at Stanford who wanted to test the willpower of a group of 4-yr-olds. The kids were brought into a room & presented with a selection of treats, including marshmallows. They were offered a deal: They could eat one marshmallow right away, or, if they waited a few minutes, they could have two marshmallows. Then the researchers left the room. Some kids gave in to temptation & ate the marshmallow as soon as the adult left. About 30% managed to ignore their urges, & doubled their treats when the researcher came back 15 minutes later. Scientists, who were watching everything from behind a 2-way mirror, kept careful track of which kids had enough self-control to earn the second marshmallow.

Years later, they tracked down many of the study’s participants. By now, they were in high school. The researchers asked about their grades & SAT scores, their ability to maintain friendships, & their capacity to “cope with important problems.” They discovered that the 4-yr-olds who could delay gratification the longest ended up with the best grades & with SAT scores 210 points higher, on average, than everyone else. They were also more popular & fewer did drugs. If you knew how to avoid the temptation of a marshmallow as a preschooler, it seemed, you also knew how to get yourself to class on time & finish your homework once you got older, as well as how to make friends & resist peer pressure. It was as if the marshmallow-ignoring kids had self-regulatory skills that gave them an advantage throughout their lives.

Maybe Jesus knew what he was talking about when he told his followers to deny themselves.

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