Revised, by Luke Bower
A man was teaching a class about time management.
He brought out a gallon-size jar and a bunch of 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 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 rocks. He again asked the class 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 yet again asked if the jar was full. Most said "Yes", but a few students weren't sure.
“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, “What is the point of this illustration?” One student spoke up: “No matter how full your schedule is, you can still do more!”
The teacher replied: “No, the point is that if you fail to put in the big rocks first, they will never fit.”
It is important to make sure we first fit the “big rocks” of life into our schedules. If we don’t make time for things like family and friends, we will inevitably neglect them. But more importantly, as Christians we need to make plenty of time for God. If we wait until all the work, daily tasks, and chores are done, God will be short-changed.
Are you making plenty time for the "big rocks", especially the Rock of Ages (1 Pet. 2:6)?
Jesus, always Jesus!