It is summer time, children are out of school, July is soon coming and vacation begins for the family. Yea!!!! Can’t wait!! In review, you have put away the winter clothes, Spring cleaning is past, and the last freezer casserole was consumed last night. You are so ready for your two week vacation away from your job and your house. A cabin on the clear blue lake in Northern Michigan is going to be your haven; your hiding place.
I know you are scheduling some “alone” time when your hubby and little guys go out in the boat and do a little fishing. Three hours of “me” time is awaiting. You are the type that will take some time to re-evaluate your work load and see how you can cut the corners to find more time with your family and less stress with your job. You were in shock when you pulled out your children’s play clothes from the closet and noticed the shirts Tommy wore last summer barely fit his younger brother Joey. The children are just growing like weeds and you feel time with your munchkins is slipping through your fingers. How is this happening??
Well, the following is a little experiment, you may want to observe. I call it “The Mayonnaise Jar and the two cups of Coffee” lesson.
“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,when the 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly 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 professor 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.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full? The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed! ‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.’
The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions-—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, your house and your car..
The sand is everything else—the small stuff. ‘If you 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 you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18 holes of golf. There will always be time to clean the house, fix the disposal or deal with things from your job.
Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.
Set your priorities!
The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked,’
The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a friend.”
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.