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 Sheila's Reflections                                                   

 

March 2018

"First Things First"


 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   - Matthew 6:33

 

My family knows how much I like rocks. As a matter of fact, I collect them and if you were to stop and visit you would see them throughout our home. So when I came across this short story illustration using the subject of rocks I just had to share it with you.

 Subject:  Rocks....

 A while back, I was reading about an expert on the subject of time management. One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and to drive home a point, used an illustration I'm sure these students will never forget.  After I share it with you, you will never forget it either.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers, he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked,  "Is this jar full?"

Everyone in the Class said, "Yes." 

Then he said, "Really?"

He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, "Is the Jar full" 

By this time, the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied. 

In addition, he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. 

Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"

"No!" The class shouted.

Once again he said, "Good!" 

Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?" 

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit one more thing into it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "that's not the point. The truth this Illustration teaches us is: if you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all." 

What are the "big rocks" in your life? 

I'd like to ask you the same question that teacher asked those students..."What are the "big rocks" in your life?" Your faith? Time with your loved ones? Writing that book? Homeschooling your children? Reading through the Bible? Planning a weekly menu? Finances? Teaching or mentoring others? Your education? Accomplishing a project? Surrendering to a call God placed in your heart? The list could go on and on, but the most important thing that must be remembered is to put our "big rocks" in first or we will never get them in at all, So, tonight or in the morning when you are reflecting on this short story, seriously ask yourself this question: What are the "big rocks" in my life? Then, when you've identified them, put those in your jar first!

 

God bless you until our next visit -

Sheila

 
2006, Search The Word Ministry