A respectable-looking middle-aged gentleman walks up to a podium in front of the auditorium replete with new college students. From behind the podium, he pulls out a very large mason jar and sets it onto a nearby table. Into it, he places stones until no more can fit. “Is the jar full?” The students reply yes. Around the rocks, he pours gravel from a container and repeats the question, receiving the same answer. On top of that, he adds sand out of a bag until all available space is seemingly consumed. “Is the jar full now?” Some students nod, others shrug, others shake their heads. Finally, he pours water out of a pitcher into the mason jar until the sand condenses and the liquid reaches the brim.
The man in the suit looks out over his audience and says, “I’m here to talk to you about time management. What do you think this illustration means?” One student raises his hand and replies, “You can always make room for more.” The man up front gently corrects his response. “If I didn’t put the big rocks in first, they would never had gotten in there at all.”
Today, I began my partial fast. It will last 31 days. The only way I will be able to endure it will be to put the Cornerstone first into my mason jar. In fact, the only way I will successfully do anything in my life will be to make Christ my priority, because if I am not walking and living in His will for my life, then I am only treading water and spinning my wheels. I encourage you to take some time and think about the priorities in your life, the demands on your time, goals yet to be accomplished, and begin to reassess them in light of God’s priorities, demands, and goals. Then spend some time with Him. He’ll take it from there.
*Footnote: I heard this story from a speaker at my college’s orientation ceremony, which is where I got the idea from. However, when searching for a photo to go with it, I found the story on a separate website. I just wanted to clarify that I did not take this from another site, but it does occur there. You may visit the page by clicking the embedded link in the first paragraph.