Big rocks?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Have you made mistakes in life because you’ve pushed to finish tasks too quickly? Would it have been better to start the bigger more tedious project first and save the smaller, less important tasks for later? Are you essentially a procrastinator?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


Putting things off. When it comes to procrastination, I have to admit that I’ve been guilty often over the years. For example, a number of years ago I was faced with a priority task; cutting out large pieces of plywood on my table saw. Admittedly this is one of those jobs that I normally don’t enjoy doing at all. Characteristically, instead of launching into it, I first undertook less important side-tasks like taking out the trash. When it came to making those cuts, I knew I was faced with a hard, noisy and physical job; so I decided that I first needed to burn the trash as well and then I would get to the bigger task of cutting that plywood later. Unfortunately, by the time I got done with these and several other “busywork” projects, there just wasn’t enough time remaining to get the table saw job done with the patience and circumspect attention to detail that was needed.

I made a number of mistakes cutting that plywood because I was pushed to finish more quickly. It would have been better to start the bigger more tedious project first and save the smaller, less important tasks for later. Unfortunately it’s human nature to procrastinate.

Here’s a story: One day an expert was speaking to a group of business students. He pulled out a one-gallon, wide- mouthed mason jar and produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he he reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel, dumping some in down into the spaces between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. He then brought out a bucket of sand and started dumping it in and it went between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. He grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Now the jar was truly full. He looked up at the class and smiled, “One thing about a jar full of rocks; if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.” (WIT & WISDOM - October 7, 1998)

What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life; a project that you want to accomplish; time with loved ones; time spent studying God’s Word, opportunities to improve your education, enhance your finances; promote a cause? Remember to put these big rocks in your life in first or you’ll never get them in at all. Don’t live life as if you can always fit more in; you’ll actually find out you’ll get fewer things done well. Rather, live life as if it’s the only one you have and you need to get the big things done while you still have time. Tomorrow is in God’s hands, not yours. When we strive to conquer what’s on the calendar for tomorrow without the proper amount of regard for for what’s on the docket today, nothing really gets done. There is no place for busyness with our God.

We pray. Heavenly Father, I need to hear from you as my life has become so filled with busyness that I may have lost my way. Today, I make the commitment to start having a daily quiet time. I will listen for your voice above all of the other voices in my life. Help me Lord to load my life better than I have in the past with the big and important jobs first giving me time to do these right. Lord, teach me how to center my life on you and help me obey what I hear you say. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/your-daily-prayer-may-26-2017.html-adapted)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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