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“Time Out!”
by Tom Goodman
May 18, 2005

Come to the “Discover Hillcrest” Class this Sunday!
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An expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students—all of them high-powered overachievers.

He said, “Okay, time for a quiz,” and he placed a one-gallon jar on the table in front of him.  Then he opened a bag of rocks and carefully placed ten fist-sized rocks, 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 replied, “Yes.”

The time management expert replied, “Really?”  He then reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel.  He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

He then asked the group once more, “Is this jar full?”

By this time the class was on to him.  “Probably not,” one of them answered.

“Good!” he replied.  “You’re catching on.”  He then 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 brim.

Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”

One student 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:  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—time with your loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others?  Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all.”

Good advice.  Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time.”  Literally, the phrase is, “redeeming the time.”  Time is something we have to treasure so much that we’re willing to pay any price to buy it for ourselves.

If you need help managing your time, take some time to join us at Hillcrest this Sunday for the 10:45 a.m. service.  My talk is called, “Manage Your Time Before It Manages You!”  See you and your Bible this week!


Important Note:

Discover Hillcrest.  We’ve had thirty people take this class in the last three months, and twenty-three of them have joined!  This is a great number for a church our size!  Our next “Discover Hillcrest” class is this Sunday, May 22, following the morning service.  The lunch and the class are free and child care is provided.

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