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The empty mayo jar and two beers…

23 March, 2010

I recently received this post, and some of you may be offended about the fact of the notion of ‘beers’ in this title…so I could change it and have it read “…2 sodas”, or I could say, “Relax already. Move along…it’s just a little ‘parable’…

Anyway, after this terrible atrocity of legislation, in the name of ‘Health Care’ that just “passed”, I wanted to throw a little ‘perspective’ back into the mix. It always adds a little zest. Besides, Scripturally, you are supposed to be able to demonstrate self control, more than cross it off the list. Don’t be drunk (my paraphrasing) – except with the things of the Spirit of God!

‘Nuff said.

After reading this post, I started thinking about it and realized that I had fallen into a ‘lie’ of life again. They are so easy to fall into, because we have forgotten about the ‘big things’ in our life, covered up with all the smaller things and then ‘drowned’ to the fullest (i.e drunk) with the everyday (smallest) things of life, and liquid refreshment too…but I digress…

Back to the parable – from the post:

“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a
> day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers …

> A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of
> him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty
> mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the
> students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
> The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
> He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between
> the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They
> agreed it was..
> The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of
> course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar
> was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
> The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the
> entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the
> sand. The students laughed.
> ‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to
> recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
> important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and
> your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they
> remained, your life would still be full.
> The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and
> your car.
> The sand is everything else—the small stuff.
> ‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room
> for the pebbles or the 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.
> ‘Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend
> time with your children. Spend time with your parents.. Visit with
> grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to
> dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and
> fix the disposal. Take care of the golf ball first—the things that really
> matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’
> One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.
> The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’
> The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s
> always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.’ “

So, I guess the message that I needed to be seeing was about my family and friends.

Sometimes being the artist, it gets easy to sequester oneself into a form of monastary living, but then, how can one be an effective witness for Christ if one doesn’t interact with those watching…Then one can easily go day to next without much effectiveness. So we need more interaction with each other,m which will develop our ‘fruit’ – something technology, as cool as it is, steals from us daily. (see fruits of the spirit – Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I noticed that ‘health’ was a ‘bigger part’ of this parable too – (being golf balls). Not to rail on the parable per say, but its interesting how this message originated  and when it was sent, slotted close to this health care bill getting signed…I just find it interesting – nothing hinted at btw(by the way).

Please be in prayer (if not already)- that our country realizes its mistakes and that,WE, as a NATION UNDER GOD will fall on our face and repent before God so that He will have mercy on US and HEAL our Land! That, I think, would be the best health care there could be.

Think about this ‘story’ as you go along today, tomorrow and the next. See if there may be something God wants to show you, like He did me.:)


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