Wisdom for Living – Pay Attention Ya’ll!

“Put in the big rocks first!” Now, there you have it! I thought I should just give it to you considering that many of you will not take the time to read the rest of what I have to say – which is really a sorry testament of our times. Although we have access to so much information, we just don’t seem to have the time or the mental capacity to assimilate and process that information. It’s like we have all become a bunch of shrunken heads. No offence intended. Perhaps, I am just describing my own problem. I don’t know! You be the judge.  


While I was in seminary, I remember one of my beloved professors, Dr. Hywel Jones from Wales warning us to be careful in preaching about particular sins and digging too deeply. He said that inmost cases, that is more indicative of the preacher’s own struggle with that particular sin than that of his listeners. The human conscience is not to be trusted that way because it is really ingenious in covering up things that should be uncovered and excusing things that should never be tolerated, let alone excused.

Aha! Now that I’ve got your attention, let me return to where I began. The bog rocks! What’s this all about? Well, it’s wisdom for living as the title of this blog says! See! Pay attention to the details! You almost the very thing that captured your imagination and caused you to click on the link – namely, the title for this blog post. But I am now waiting your time! Sorry!

Let me try to explain to explain it through a story that I heard awhile ago. You may have heard it too. If so, feel free to move on my friend and don’t waste anymore of your precious life reading this. But for those of you who may not have heard this story, here it is:
One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high powered overachievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?”

Everyone in the class said, “Yes.”
Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”

“No!” the class shouted.
Once again he said, “Good.” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?” One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!”

“No,” the speaker replied, “That’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.” What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life? Your children; Your loved ones; Your education; Your dreams; A worthy cause; Teaching or mentoring others; Doing things that you love; Time for yourself; Your health; Your significant other? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all. If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, the sand) then you’ll fill your life with little things you worry about that don’t really matter, and you’ll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big, important stuff (the big rocks). So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the ‘big rocks’ in my life? Then, put those in your jar first.”

There you have it again! Go and do like-wise!

P.S. My scanty research attributes this story to Stephen Covey. Look him up to verify the source. DISCLAIMER:  I am not endorsing Stephen Covey or the stuff he writes.  I just like the story!  God bless!

2 thoughts on “Wisdom for Living – Pay Attention Ya’ll!

  1. For 3 days in a row I have been feeling the urge to write you Fletcher on how your recent blog postings have been blessing me. But because I have been writing you for while I resisted the urge, but here you are brother; thank you for your postings. It is like they are meant for me. God bless you.

    • I praise the Lord that these posts have been of some help to you. Thanks for the encouragement! Hope you and Grace are doing well! Blessings in Christ!

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