In the "marshmallow test," which tests a child's self-control, the child is given one marshmallow but offered two if he delays eating the first for 15 minutes.(1)
Perhaps the most famous Bible character to flunk the "marshmallow test" is Esau.
In Genesis 25:29-34 Esau came in from hunting and demanded a bowl of stew from Jacob. Jacob, his manipulative younger brother, said he'd give him stew only if Esau gave up his birthright.
As the oldest brother, Esau had the right to a double portion inheritance (Deuteronomy 21:17), but he was "living in the moment" so he gave up two marshmallows and settled for one.
Hebrews 12:16-17 tells us Esau lived to regret his decision but was unable to reverse it.
"Living in the moment"(2) leads to bondage, loss and regret.
Self-control, delayed gratification, and patience--lead to freedom.
Let's choose freedom!
(1) See the 1-minute devotion Marshmallow Test
(2) While "living in the moment" can mean simply enjoying your present situation, it also carries with it this negative connotation.
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