Marshmallow Test

A few months ago, I went to the adoration chapel. I told Jesus how I wished I could just stay there at His feet all day. Sitting there before, I feel a Love, Peace and Joy I cannot describe and no other earthly experience can match! It there that I truly know that I am loved and there that I know where I truly belong. In His loving arms. In my heavenly home. So that day I longed to stay a while longer. I did not want to go back to my law books. Jesus replied to me in two words. “Marshmallow Test.”

I had to laugh at that!

Pope John Paul II Eucharistic Adoration

In case you haven’t heard of the Marshmallow Test, let me explain. Its a psychology experiment of several children. A child was brought into a room. The child was given one marshmallow. Their parents told them that they could eat the one marshmallow now. But if they waited until their parents came back, their parents would give them two marshmallows. Some kids ate the marshmallow. Others waited until their parents returned and got two marshmallows. The results later showed that children who were willing to wait for the second marshmallow fared better in life than the children who could not wait and ate the first marshmallow.

I guess in a sense we are all on a “Marshmallow Test.” We can spend all our time enjoying good things now. But that will be it. No more marshmallows. Or we can strive to overcome our self-will and be rewarded with so much more in the future. Waaaaaay better than an infinite supply of marshmallows!


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