Life Lesson From an Empty Jar

Posted by Ben - Chee Lupp | | Posted On Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Hey guys, how's preparation for youth camp coming along? I know that you all will do the best for God. Anyway, I've just read about this from a book and I know it also has been sent around through emails but I still want to share it.

A teacher brought en empty jar into class. He filled it up with golf balls and asked the class whether is it full. The students reply yes. Then he added pebbles into the jar. The pebbles fill up the gaps in between the golf balls. The students laugh and realize that it is not full yet. Then again the teacher asked whether now it is full. The students said that now only it's full. Next, he took some sand and pour into the jar. The sand, like the pebbles, filled up the gap. Again the teacher asked whether it's full. The students now are not really sure whether to answer it or not. Lastly the teacher took a cup of coffee and poured it into the jar. The coffee filled up the jar. The students were astonished. One of the students asked what does this mean. 'Now,' said the professor, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - family, children, health and friends (things that 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, house, and 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. So, pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Go out with your parents for dinner. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. '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. '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 couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'

I know this article sounds very familiar but it really hit me. We should learn to prioritize. Fill our lives with things that are most important to us. Remember that God is the one who keeps us whole. So treat God and Jesus like tennis balls. Hehe... then only the golf balls comes in. So have you thanked God today or told your parents how grateful you are. Catch a movie with your family. Spend time with your siblings. Above all learn to appreciate everything that God had done for you. Take care

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