When things in our lives seem almost too much to handle When 24 hours in a day are not enough, we remember the Mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
A Teacher stood before his class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty Mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls…
He then asked the students if the jar was full…They agreed that it was.
The Teacher then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar… He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
Of course the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full the students responded with a unanimous “yes.”
“Now,” said the Teacher as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents our lives.
The golf balls are the important things — our Lord, our Spouse, our Children, our Family, and our Friends –and if everything else was lost and only they remained, our lives would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like our Ministries, our health, our job, our house, our car and our favourite passions. The sand is everything else — things that can wait.
If we put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life. If we spend all our time and energy on the things that can wait, we will never have room for the things that are important.”So we need to pay attention to the things that are important…
We take time to smell the roses by acknowledging our Creator and by allowing Him to balance the contents of the jar..
We take care of the golf balls first, and then the pebbles–the things that really matter. We seek to have a balance to set our priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented…The Teacher smiled. “I’m glad you asked.”
It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a friend…We will always find time for the things that are important to us.
Please note this Story has been adapted quiet a few times by differant people, the Author is not recorded on any of them so is unknown but what is known is that God is our Creator who Loves us and He must come first in our hearts and lives if we are to have His Love, Hope, Joy, Peace and Rest Eternally . John 3:16-18