Friday, November 18, 2011

Our Greatest Danger in Life Is in Permitting the Urgent Things to Crowd Out the Important


A time-management expert addressed a group of business students.  He pulled out a one-gallon Mason jar and set it on the table.  Then he produced a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them into the jar.  The he asked, "Is this jar full?"

Everyone said yes.  Then he reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel.  He dumped it in and shook the jar.  He asked the group again, "Is the jar full?"

By this time the class was on to him.  "Probably not," one student answered.  Then the instructor reached under the table and grabbed a bucket of sand.  He dumped the sand, which went into all of the spaces between the rocks and the gravel.  He asked, "Is this jar full?"

"No!"  the class shouted.

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

One student offered, "No matter how full your schedule is, you can always fit some more things in it!"

"No," the speaker replied, "the truth this illustration teaches us is:  if you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in."

Ask yourself, "What are the 'big rocks' in my life?"  Put those in your jar first.

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21

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