I read about a man teaching a time management seminar. To get his point across, he brought out a gallon size mason jar and a bunch of fist-size rocks. One by one he placed the rocks into the jar. Then he asked the group if the jar was full. They all exclaimed that indeed, it was.
The man then pulled out a bucket of gravel and poured it into the jar, shaking the jar as he poured so the gravel would settle between the large stones. He asked the group again if the jar was full. Catching on, most said no.
Then the man pulled out a bucket of sand and poured it into the jar, filling the small cracks between the gravel. He asked if the jar was full; one student sarcastically shouted, “Probably not!”
“Good,” said the teacher as he pulled out a pitcher of water and filled the holes left by the sand. When he was through, he asked the class, “What was the point of this illustration?” One student spoke up: “The point is that no matter how full your schedule is, you can always fit in more stuff if you really try!”
The teacher replied: “No, the point is that if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you will never fit them in.”
We live such busy lives that it is important to make sure we fit the “big rocks” of life in first. If you don’t make time for things like family and friends, then there will never be enough time for them. But even more important than those, as Christians we need to be certain we are making time for God. If we wait until after all the work, daily tasks, and chores are done, we will find there is never time.
So take a look at your lives. Are you making time for the big rocks? More importantly, are you making time for The Rock?
–Luke Bower (Abilene, TX) via Old Pathsand Justin Church of Christ Bulletin, Justin, Texas