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Blog :: The jar of life

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Do you have one or more things that you have always wanted to do/learn/start/finish but that you just never seem to find time to do? For the last 8 years my new year’s resolution has been to learn the guitar. I own a guitar and I have two books on how to learn the guitar, but still I have yet to do it. I also have a study full of craft materials which I rarely get round to using, and a huge pile of books by the side of my bed which have been waiting for years for me to read them. I often ponder why it is that I don’t make time for these things when I have such a desire to learn/use/read them. And I’ve realised that what it boils down to is that they are not high enough up my list of priorities. Once I have worked, slept, cooked, spent time with Chris, done the chores and relaxed (by which I mean watch a bit of TV and/or completed a few killer sudoku puzzles on my phone) I find I have no time left for anything else. But if I didn’t watch TV or do sudoku puzzles I’d probably have plenty of time for craft or guitar playing or reading.

Have you heard of the analogy of the jar of life? You start with an empty jar, some big stones, smaller stones and some sand. If you put the big stones in the jar first, then the smaller stones, then the sand, you can pack everything in as the smaller stones and sand fit in around the large stones. But if you start with the sand then you can’t then fit in all the big or smaller stones. If we prioritise the little things, the big things get neglected.

The Bible has much to say about prioritising. Jesus said “seek first his (God’s) kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).  Our relationship with God and living that out should be the biggest stone in our jar.

What are the other big stones in your life? Make sure you prioritise them, whatever they are, and don’t let the little things use up all your time and leave you frustrated that you haven’t made time for that one thing you’ve been longing to do for some time. (And yes, do please keep me accountable to this!)

- Rachael Hutchins


Posted on Monday, 1st October 2018