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April 3, 2018, 12:49 PM

April 4, 2018


“Our days may come to seventy years or eighty, if our strength endures; for they quickly pass, and we fly away.  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  Psalm 90: 10,12

     We have heard it said over and over that we all have the same number of hours in each day.  So often the best part of our day is spent wrestling with the struggles and troubles that come our way.  We get frustrated and ill then take that frustration out on the ones we love the most.  What are the really important things in your life?  How much of your life is filled taking care of those things?  We often neglect the important things for the temporary things of this world.  I read a great devotion from Dr. Robert Jeffress the other day that I would like to share this week.  We’ve heard the story many times, but do we apply the meaning?

Stephen Covey tells about a time-management seminar in which the instructor had a gallon jar and a platter of large rocks.  He put the rocks in one by one until he had filled up the jar.  He said, `Do you think the jar is full’?  Then he picked up a bucket of gravel.  He poured the gravel into the jar, and it filled up all the places left by the rocks.  He said, `Is the jar full’?  Then he picked up a bucket of sand and poured it into the jar.  The sand filled in the spots left by the rocks and the gravel.  He said, `Is the jar full’?  He pulled out a quart of water.  He poured the water into the jar, and it filled up the empty spaces. Then the instructor said, `The lesson I am teaching you is this:  had I not put the big rocks in first, I never would have been able to fit them in later’.

     The question for us is this:  Do we recognize the big rocks in our life and are we making time for them?  Most people get to the end of their life and realize that they never made time for the big rocks.  We allow our schedule to be filled with the gravel, sand and water of life yet are never able to fit the big rocks in place.  What are the big rocks in your life?  Dr. Jeffress asks the following question: “If you could accomplish three things before you die, what would those things be?  Your answer to that question will give you a very good idea of what the big rocks are in your life”.  The passage above tells us to number our days.  It seems to tell us that making the most of each day is accomplished by prioritizing our schedule to make room for the big rocks.  Then, our heart will be filled with wisdom knowing we have taken care of our big rocks.  May God’s blessings be yours in abundance as you tend to the big rocks this week.

                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                Brad and Virginia

 


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