Good News from Mighty Rivers
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A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him. He picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill
it with golf balls. When he couldn’t get another golf ball in the
jar, he asked the class if the jar was full. They said it was.
The professors then picked up some marbles and poured them into the
jar and shook the jar slightly. The marbles rolled in to the open
areas between the golf balls and he asked again, “Is it full now?”
They agreed that it was.
The professor then took a box of sand and poured the sand into the
jar, and of course the sand filtered down into every crack between
the golf balls and marbles. “Is it full now?” He got a unanimous
He then took two cups of coffee and poured them over the sand,
effectively filling every miniscule space between the sand. The
Then the professor told the class as the laughter subsided that the
jar represents their life. The golf balls are the important things
in life—God, family, children, health, friends, and favorite things.
The marbles are the other things that matter—job, house, car.
The sand is everything else—the small stuff.
Then he explained, “If you put the sand into the jar first, there is
no room for the marbles or golf balls. The same goes for life. If
you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will
never have room for the things that are important to you. So play
with your children, take time to get physical checkups, take your
spouse out to dinner. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand. “What does the coffee
“I’m glad you asked. The coffee just goes to show that no matter how
full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of
coffee with a friend.”
Live your life fully.