The Marshmallow Test

Everyone has a treat they can’t resist. Cupcakes, peanut butter cups, french fries, ice cream. We’re tempted by other things too: attractive people, drugs, sex, cheating, and gossip.

We’ve all got weaknesses. Cravings. Bad habits. It can be hard work convincing ourselves that saying ‘no’ or controlling those temptations will yield a greater reward. I wonder, do we even believe it’s true?

When these temptations are placed in front of us, most of us are are liable to forget self-control is a virtue and get ourselves into trouble. You can read about how some parents used this marshmallow test to teach their three sons an important lesson about self-control.

Destiny. Intimacy. Meaning. What do YOU crave?

If you want to connect with someone about your cravings or self control, talk to a mentor.

5 Responses to “The Marshmallow Test”

  • Hannah says:

    This is a really cool video! My pastor just talked about this last week. The story about Esau and Jacob, Esau giving up his birthright and God’s blessing. Awesome illustration about deferring instant gratification for something better!

  • Kim Cook says:

    Hi Pritish – Be sure to let us know how the Marshmallow test works out for your kids!

  • Pritish says:

    Nice test. I’ll try it on my kids!

  • Barbara Alpert Barbara Alpert says:

    Hi Erin, It is very wise of you to desire to have a godly mentor/role model in your life. Would you like to connect with one of our online mentors who can encourage you along this path? If so, just click on the “Talk to a Mentor” link above and someone will connect with you via email within a few days.

  • Erin says:

    I am looking for a mature christian, married, woman, mentor who i can journey life with an learn from on how to be a better wife, future mother (sometime), neighbour, friend and child of God.

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