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humor 2000: Sunday Stuff: Big Rocks

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THE BIG ROCKS --- a motivational essay (author unknown to Nick)

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business
students.  As he stood in front of this group of high powered overachievers
he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."

Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide mouth Mason jar and set it on the
table in front of him. Then he 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 said, "Yes."

Then he said, "Really?"  He reached under  the table and pulled out a
bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing
pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the  space between the big
rocks.  Then 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 reached under the table and brought out a bucket of
sand.  He started dumping 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 grabbed a
pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the

Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this

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, "That's not the point. The truth this
illustration teaches us is that if you don't put the big rocks in first,
you'll never get them in at all."

	What are the BIG ROCKS in your life?  Your children....
	Your loved ones....Your education.... Your dreams....
	A worthy cause...Teaching or mentoring others..... Doing
	things that you love.... Time for yourself.....Your health.....

	Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first
	or you'll never get them all in.

============  THE BIGGEST ROCK OF ALL ============

Matt. 6:24-26
"No one can serve two masters.
Either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Money.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink;
or about your body,
what you will wear.
	Is not life more important than food,
	and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air;
	they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
	and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?

Matt. 6:31-33
So do not worry,
	saying, `What shall we eat?'
	or `What shall we drink?'
	or `What shall we wear?'
For the pagans run after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

Matt. 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Matt. 7:24-27
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
	and puts them into practice
is like a wise man who built his house on the ROCK.
	The rain came down,
	the streams rose,
	and the winds blew and beat against that house;
	yet it did not fall,
	because it had its foundation on the ROCK.
But everyone who hears these words of mine
	and does not put them into practice
is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
	The rain came down,
	the streams rose,
	and the winds blew and beat against that house,
	and it fell with a great crash."

		This is the Word of the Lord!!

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