THE PASTOR'S DESK
PASTOR BILL PIPP
JUNE 24, 2022
WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES?
Dear Snyder's Church Family and Friends,
An expert on the subject of time management was speaking to a group of business students and to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will probably never forget. As this man 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 it on a table in front of him. Then he 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 this jar full?"
Everyone in the class said, "Yes!" Then he said, "Really" and he reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the rocks. Then he smiled and asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?"
But this time the class was onto him. "Probably not" one of them answered. "Good" he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in, and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this 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 up 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 some more things 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."
Hmm. Jesus says, "Follow me." BIG rock. We respond, "I will follow you, Lord, but......." Priorities. Get the big rocks in first. How to make sure the priorities are appropriate? A Good Start will be a commitment to "Ban the BUTS!" and then all the rest will fall into place. As we read St. Luke 9: 51 - 62 this coming Sunday we will learn what our priorities should really be.
Plan to Worship with us and share the Good News of Christ together. Know that you are loved and greatly appreciated.
May you truly be blessed today and may you also truly be a blessing to others!
Blessings, Pastor Bill Pipp