Busy isn’t a status symbol

“I’m busy, really busy.” You can almost see a smug grin behind the exhaustion, a grin that says ‘look at me, look at all the things I’m doing, I’m important’. Ask someone how they’re doing and that’s the answer you might get, or maybe something similar. “I’m just trying to keep my head above water” or “I’ve got a lot on my plate.” Being busy has become a status symbol.

I, of course, don’t think that’s a good idea. Even as I’m busy, as I overcommit, as I fall into the same mindset, I see the danger in it.

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What the Marshmallow Experiment can teach us about the Christian life

Virtue: the firm and habitual disposition to do the good

“And the Lord said to Adam, you may eat of the fruit of any of the trees of the garden, but you must not eat this marshmallow.” – Unsong

On a plate rests a large marshmallow, and small child stares at it. “I’m going to leave and come back in 15 minutes,” the researcher tells the child. “If the marshmallow is still there when I get back, you’ll get another one. But, you can eat it now if you want.” It’s the now-famous Marshmallow Experiment. Each child gets to choose: one marshmallow now, or delay gratification for two later? And, they tracked the children long-term, finding those who could delay gratification showed success in other areas of their lives, such as higher SAT scores. What can this teach us about the Christian life?

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