Put The BIG ROCKS in First

A while back an expert on the subject of time management was speaking to a group of business students.

After speaking to them for a while, he said, “Okay, it’s time for a quiz.” He set a one-gallon, wide mouthed Mason jar on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, inside 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.”

“Really?” he said. Then he reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel into the jar & shook it, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them said.

“Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it filled all the spaces between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. Again he said, “Good!” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour in the water until the jar was filled to the brim.

Then he looked back at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”
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 something more into it!”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is this: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the big rocks of my life?

They should include these: Each day drawing nearer to God, spending time with Him in prayer, and seeking His guidance for my life through reading His Word.

I must remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or I’ll never get them in at all.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Someone is praying for you and me right now

Jesus goes away into the mountains, the desert, along the seashore, and into the garden in search of quietness to pray.

 Among the crowds he offers prayer and brings healing to the sick, sight to the blind, hope to the forsaken, and life to the dead.

And, now, even in our times, we are required to reclaim the magnificence of prayer.

Sometimes we may think prayer is a weak substitute for strategic action. We may feel prayer is what you do when you can do nothing else.

I am convinced that we can do nothing without prayer.

It is the greatest offering we can share when someone is in pain, desperate or alone.

There is nothing within our grasp that can be achieved without prayer.

 

 Someone somewhere is praying for you and me right now.

 

In the Bonds of Calvary,

We Need Prayer

Whenever and wherever efforts are forged to divide humanity and wage war, we should be driven to declare God’s will.

We are called to remind the powers-that-be that we are divinely ordained to live in peace with justice for all; we are called to be makers of peace.

 In order to have courage to take bold, unpopular positions, we need a well-developed practice of prayer. In order to act appropriately and not just emotionally, we need a clear line of communication with God.

 Prayer makes the difference when disaster is imminent. We are on a collision course with unthinkable consequences.

We need prayer.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I Heard a Knock

An old beggar woman ran out of money. She couldn’t pay her rent. She couldn’t pay any of her bills. The landlord had threatened to throw her out if she didn’t soon pay her rent.

She had only a candle to keep her warm. A knock came at her door and she was afraid to answer for fear that it was the landlord coming to kick her out of her humble abode.

She blew out her candle and sat quietly in the dark and waited for the intruder to leave. Two weeks later she found out that the knock on the door was the knock of a friend who had come to bring her enough money to pay her rent and pay her debts.

I wonder how many many times I have heard the gentle knock of the Savior who wants so much to come in and  free me from my burdens  but I have ignored His knocking.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

The Pressure is Off!

God’s New Covenant with us can be summed up in one powerful statement:

It is His irrevocable promise to deliver His people from the dominion of sin – through the power of the Holy Ghost!

            This New Covenant does away with all of my puny efforts to please God through my flesh. It is the end of all my striving to overcome sin, whether through determination, strength, reasoning or any other works of the flesh.

In short, God’s New Covenant takes the pressure off of us – and places it all on Him!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I Need To Pray!

Recently I rededicated my life to prayer. It’s not that I haven’t been praying. It’s that I don’t think I have been praying fervently.

It is like I forgot the importance of calling on God…..Worshiping God…..Listening to God….

Jabez prayed for enlarged borders and protection from harm.

Other people in the Bible prayed for deliverance from trouble, deliverance from both poverty and riches, deliverance from the belly of a great fish, daily bread, preservation and sanctification of spirit, soul, and body,the healing of the sick, and the ending of the rain and its beginning again. 

When the disciples prayed, the building around them shook  and an earthquake opened the doors of their prison.

I think that my prayers will make a difference in how God acts in the world!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I WILL SERVE THE LORD

ANYWHERE…     At work…  At Play…  At Church… In the enemies Camp… In physical infirmities… When no one can see me

FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME…Today… Until He comes… one hundred years from now

UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES…  In a great building…In a poor building…With money… Without money…With Friends…Without Friends

Yep, My mind is made up….I WILL SERVE THE LORD!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

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