Keeping our eyes on the prize is tough when there are sparkly things all around us. Look deeper…
1 Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company; 2 for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. Pr 24:1-2
Meeting our momentary wants and desires is not going to get us what we want in the long run. We need to work on our delayed gratification. The famous marshmallow study shows that “individual differences in the ability to delay gratification on this simple task correlated strongly with success in later life. Longer wait times as a child were linked years later to higher SAT scores, less substance abuse, and parental reports of better social skills.” The study found that “Delaying gratification is only the rational choice if the child believes a second marshmallow is likely to be delivered after a reasonably short delay.” Marshmallow Test Revisited
What does Jesus offer us if we believe in Him?
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms [abodes, mansions]; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. Jn 14:2-3
How do we focus on this promise and not be distracted by anything this world has to offer? By focusing and nurturing His wisdom, understanding and knowledge:
3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Pr 24:3-4
Wisdom- seeing from God’s perspective;
Understanding- acting on what we know;
Knowledge- learning more and more about God and His Plan, Jesus and His great love for us, and how to operate according to His Spirit Who is within us.
Let’s keep our eyes on the prize as we go through today. Enjoy His presence, power, participation, and His peace as we enjoy family during this Advent season.