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A lesson on patience - the marshmallow test

"Good things come to those who wait."  It's a proverb that we've heard many times.  So why is it so hard to put into action?  Today we live in a can't wait society and patience is one of the hardest things for us to master.  

I was in the grocery store the other day and the person in front of me was having their food checked out. One of their items didn't have a price tag and I saw the clerk reach for the intercom and announce the dreaded words, "Price check on aisle three."  My first response was that of irritation and asking myself, "Why do I always pick the line where this happens? Who knows how long this is going to take!"  As it turned out, it didn't take long at all and I was on my "un-merry" way.  

As l left the grocery store, I got in my car to head home and hit some horrible traffic.  My mumbling took over again and I started to once again complain about my day. I asked myself,  "Why does this happen every time I go out?" 

In the time I was waiting for traffic to clear up, I was angrily tapping my steering wheel and huffing and puffing as if this would hurry things up.  A few minutes later I looked out my window and saw a mother and her child walking hand in hand and laughing on the sidewalk.  I'm not sure what the mom said to her little girl, but it caused her to stop and hug her mom for the longest time.  It made me smile.  My radio then began to play a song that I hadn't heard in years.  I surprised myself when I still knew every word.  I felt much more calm after this and somehow I didn't quite mind the traffic so much anymore.  I began to wonder what things I may have missed seeing when I was too preoccupied with my lack of patience before.  

At the end of the day, it really didn't matter that I had run behind on schedule, in fact I never even ended up behind on anything.  I wasn't bothered by the earlier events anymore, but rather I fondly remembered singing in the car and watching the city around me.  

Patience is something we struggle with regardless of our age.  Waiting is hard and controlling oneself isn't an easy feat.  In the video below, watch these young children make decisions that will truly test their patience.  Let them gently remind us that "Good things come to those who wait."  Sometimes all you have to do is open your eyes to see the good.    



  • sara 5 years ago

    That video was great Thanks for sharing your story. Its a great reminder

  • Tom 5 years ago

    LOL I'm going to show this video to my bible study grooup tonight. Im speaking on this topic.

  • calvin 5 years ago

    Thanks you, your article and the video were delightfully entertaining.

  • Pat 5 years ago

    Great article. Love the video!

  • Pat 5 years ago

    Great article and loved the video!

  • Trivial 5 years ago

    gotta love the kid that just smashes both marshmallows in his mouth at the end. It looked like he was having a philosophical melt down waiting to eat that marshmallow.