The Big Rock
An expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to make a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. He said, “Okay, time for a quiz” and he pulled out a one-gallon, Mason jar and set it on the table. He also 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 yelled, “Yes.” The time management expert replied, “Really?” He pulled out a bucket of gravel and dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. 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 then brought out a bucket of sand and dumped 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 took 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, “This illustration teaches that If you don’t put the ‘big rocks’ first, you’ll never get them in at all.
The big rocks represent your priorities and you need to give them your attention first or they will never get done.” What are the big rocks or big priorities in your life? Put the big rocks in your jar first and you will never have regrets of having priorities left undone. Remember you will be judged for things done, things you could have done, and things left undone. Seek to finish your priorities. Don’t miss your “timely moments.” At the Judgment Seat of Christ, you will be glad you did.
Do Your “Big Rocks” First
A good leader is one who sees more than others see, ho sees farther than others see, and who sees before others do. — Leroy Elms