Ten years ago I heard a distractingly handsome doctor give a motivational speech. Ok, he was my husband.
He told a group of squirrelly teens that they needed to prioritize. Well, showed them.
He showed them how to fill a large jar. First he put in rocks, then pebbles, then sand, then water. The jar was not full until the water had been poured in. His point? Put the big things in first.
This morning I was up early contemplating a long list of chores–messy house, yard work, bills, medical appointments and school.
Got my blood pressure up just thinking about all that stuff to do, plan, clean.
I have to put the rocks in first. And for me the central stone is Jesus. I have to be still and know Him. Next is love, I need to minister to the hearts of my family.
After that may the mud fall where it may in the messy metaphorical jar of life.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”