Monday, March 17, 2014

Don’t lose sight of that which is most important!

          Years ago, an expert on the subject of time management was speaking to a group of business students. He was talking to them about how they were to prioritize their busy schedules. To drive home a point he wanted to make, he took out a one gallon, wide-mouth mason jar. He then took some big rocks and carefully placed them into the jar, getting in as many as he could. He them asked the class if the jar was full and they said yes. He smiled and pulled out another jar filled with gravel and poured it over the large rocks and shook it until it all settled down and was filled to the top. He asked again if the jar was filled. They had caught on but before they could answer he took sand and poured it in and watched it sift down between the empty spaces of the gravel. Is it full now, he asked? He then poured water into the jar which took up more of the empty space. When he was done, he asked them, “Now, what is the point of this experiment?”
          One eager beaver said, “No matter how busy you may be, you can always squeeze a little more into your schedule.” He said, “No, you missed the point.” Think about it. The point was simply this, “If you don’t put in the big rocks first, you will never get them in at all.” If you don’t take care of the most important things in life, in your schedule, in your day, they will never fit them in.
          So what are the most important things in your life? I am sure we would talk about our job, our education, taking care of our family, helping the kids with home work, etc. These are truly important. I doubt that anyone would debate that. But, it’s not uncommon to let the most important thing in life get left out of the picture or “mason jar” if you will.
          There is nothing more important than knowing that SALVATION IS FOUND IN NO ONE ELSE THAN JESUS CHRIST. When you put together your schedule, be sure he is part of it. Be sure you have time for worship, Bible study, and prayer. Also be sure to make time to teach these truths to your children. And one we might overlook - making time to share Jesus with those around you. Bowling, soccer matches, dance lessons, March Madness, fishing, pursing your education, taking care of your lawn, even going to work – they are all like gravel, sand, and water. The big things, the rocks in life, are the ones that take care of your spiritual life, knowing Jesus as your Savior and having time to share that Savior with others. Be sure to make the time.