Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NIV
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
You and I cannot find a good balance in what we allocate our time to unless we first connect with God to know the purposes which he created us for. It is said that when we do not know the purpose of something then abuse is inevitable and that statement is so true with time. Many people waste away their life because they did not understand their God ordained purpose and reason for existence and thus they squandered their time on what was not important.
So how do we find the right balance because there is so much that wants our time? This question reminds me of the story about rocks pebbles and water;
The story which is really a metaphor goes like this;
There once was a philosophy professor who was giving a lecture. In front of him, he had a big glass jar, a pile of rocks, a bag of small pebbles, a tub of sand and a bottle of water.
He started off by filling up the jar with the big rocks and when they reached the rim of the jar he held it up to the students and asked them if the jar was full. They all agreed, there was no more room to put the rocks in, it was full.
“Is it full?” he asked.
He then picked up the bag of small pebbles and poured these in jar. He shook the jar so that the pebbles filled the space around the big rocks. “Is the jar full now?” he asked. The group of students all looked at each other and agreed that the jar was now completely full.
“Is it really full?” he asked.
The professor then picked up the tub of sand. He poured the sand in between the pebbles and the rocks and once again he held up the jar to his class and asked if it was full. Once again the students agreed that the jar was full.
“Are you sure it’s full?” he asked.
He finally picked up a bottle of water and tipped the water into the jar until it soaked up in all the remaining space in the sand. The students laughed.
The professor went on to explain that the jar of rocks, pebbles, sand and water represents everything that is in one’s life. (Unknown Author)
The rocks represent those things that are very important and with an eternal value. This are the things the bible commands us to do as believers.
The small pebbles represent the things in our lives that matter but we can live without them. This are the things that kind of give your life meaning, your job, your house, your hobbies and even some friendships. This things are not permanent, they come and go.
The sand and water represent the small things like material possessions, watching TV, spending time on social media sites. These are things that don’t mean much but the irony is, many people spend the most of their time focusing on or chasing after these things.
The reality is that many people have their lives inverted, they spend the least time on the big rocks and most of their time on the water and the sand.
If you try to fill the jar but put the water and sand first, you will not have enough room to fit in the big rocks and some of the pebbles.
What are some of the things you would consider the big rocks in your life but you cant seen to fit them into your time schedule?
What are some activities you would consider the sand and water but they take up lots of your time?
So, what do you need to do to change this picture?