“’Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’” He said…’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” –Matthew 22:36-39
In sorting through some papers recently, I ran across a story I had saved. It is perhaps a familiar story to you, but as we seek to make room in the busyness of our daily lives, it feels like a good reminder.
The story begins with a large glass jar filled with golf balls and then the question, “Is the jar full?” The obvious answer is “yes.” Then small pebbles are poured into the jar. The pebbles roll into the open areas between the golf balls. “Is the jar full?” It seems to be.
Then sand is poured into the jar and of course, the sand fills up everything else. “Is the jar full?” Yes? Then two cups of coffee are poured into the jar and the coffee absorbs into the sand and fills in any empty space.
The story says that the jar represents our lives. The golf balls are the important things—God, family, friends, health. The pebbles are the other things that matter like work, a home, and basic necessities. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.
If the sand were to be put into the jar first, there would be no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If we spend all our time and energy on the small stuff, we will never have room for the things that are important.
So, pay attention and make room for the things that are most important…take care of the golf balls first. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
And the coffee…no matter how full our lives may seem, there is always room for a cup of coffee with others (or a soda, if you’re like me and don’t drink coffee).
May we continue to seek to make room in our lives for those things that are most important.