Did you ever have one of those days or even weeks where you kept losing your "to do" list and thusly just couldn't quite get everything accomplished that needed to be done? It seems like we all have a lot on our plates in this day and age. Those full plates include jobs or careers, kids, parents, activities, chores both for the household and the yard, and of course trying to enjoy life in the midst of all these things. So in order to get the maximum amount of things done in a day or a week, we make lists that tell us what to do and when to do it. I don't know about you, but if I lose my list, I forget what the next thing to do is and I am just lost.
This got me to thinking the other day about why we do this to ourselves as it only serves to rob us of any enjoyment we might have gotten out of anything on the list. Then I remembered a children's sermon that I had done a while back that really put things in perspective. It was one that I had found in a book, although I can't remember the author of it right now.
The first thing you do is to get a large glass jar, several large stones, a coffee can full of pebbles, about a coffee can full of dirt and also a coffee can full of water. If you have double sets of everything then you can do it both ways, but the objective is to get all of the "ingredients" into the jar without it overflowing.
If you put the pebbles, dirt and the water into the jar first, you will find out that you are not able to put in the large stones. However, if you put in the large stones first and then fill in everything else around them, you are able to get everything into the jar and it will not overflow.
The lesson is quite simple really; the large stones represent the important parts of your life such as family, church, career, and so on. The pebbles, dirt and water represent all the rest of the stuff that we tend to get lost in as it seems important at the time, but in the long run, really isn't.
We all have a lot of stuff to do and to take care of, but when that stuff gets to the point of overwhelming us, then perhaps it is time to re-evaluate and reprioritize our to do list and take care of the things that are really important. Only you can say what those things are, but stepping back to look at the situation often lends itself to making things better. I wish you grace and peace in your endeavors.