Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

First Fruits

Today as I flipped over my 'God is' for the day... and it came up 'first fruits'.

I was thinking about how we need to put the things that are important to us first.   Today I have a busy day after work, and working out is important to me... spending time with God is important to me... loving my family is important to me... 

It is important to know our priorities. 

all the rest is frosting...

If we put God first in our lives, all the rest will either fit in or it won't.  Reminds me of a story:

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high powered over-achievers, he said, "Okay, time for a quiz."

Then he pulled out a one gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set on the table in front of him. He then produced about a dozen fist sized rocks and carefully placed them, 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 the jar full?" Everyone in the class said, "Yes."

Then he said, "Really?" He 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 space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered.

"Good!" he replied.

He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar, and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is the 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 eager 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!" "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? Your children....Your loved ones...Your education... Your dreams...A worthy cause.....Teaching or mentoring others.... Doing things that you love...Time for yourself.... Your health....Your significant other."

"Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first, or you'll never get them in at all. If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, the sand) then you'll fill your life with little things to worry about that don't really matter, and you'll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big, important stuff (the big rocks).
I was thinking about how we need to prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies each day for what is important to us.  We eat breakfast to get us moving everyday...

I have a busy day today after work.  Meeting, and then watching the boys which means that I don't have time to do my dvd unless of course I want to do it at 9PM, which I don't...  because then I can't sleep.  So... not really wanting to, I got up and did the DVD (Jillian is NOT nice in the morning), before things get too crazy, I read (or listen to) the bible.  I eat a good breakfast.... 

I will no longer try to to prepare each day for success.

I will prepare each day for success

Proverbs 3:9-10 (ESV) Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.

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