our time, what’s filling up the jar?

Many frustrated people seem to always fight the clock as a way of life and I’m one of them. We stay up late, then we sleep as late as we can and then rush to school or work, gulping down our coffee and smores pop tarts in the car, applying make-up or shaving at the stoplight, talking on our cell phone at the same time. At times we find it hard to fit in the important things in life. That’s the world we are living in…. Is that the way God had intended it.

A time management expert was teaching a seminar for executives. He placed a large, clear open-mouthed jar in front of the group. Next, he put seven or eight large rocks into the jar until it was full. “Is the jar full?” He asked. Everyone nodded. Then he took pebbles and filled up the jar with the small rocks until they reached the rim. “Is the jar full?” By now, they didn’t answer. So, he poured fine sand in. “Is the jar full?” Some nodded. He proceeded to take a pitcher of water and filled up the jar again. “What’s the lesson about time management?” he asked. Hands shot up, and everyone agreed “No matter how busy you are you can always fit more things into your schedule.” “Wrong.” he replied. “The lesson is: unless you put the big rocks in first, they never will fit in. You must figure out what the big rocks are for you.”

What are the big rocks in our life? Giving time to God? Giving time to our marriage and to our children? If we don’t put those big rocks in first, we may end up not being able to put them in later.

  1. #1 by mikie on June 17, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    Love the story! The heck with house work. I am going to work on my jar.

    • #2 by jamessnyderumc on June 17, 2011 - 5:56 pm

      glad you liked it. makes us all think about our time.

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