I heard the story at a women's conference, and it was an illustration about priorities.
We all have a lot on our plates. Many responsibilities pull and tug at us.
So picture this...
We all have a jar.
Our true priorities...our responsibilities, are golf balls.
The things that distract us...that suck us in, and can easily waste our time, are jelly beans.
Jelly beans are fun, and bright, and sooo much more attractive and distracting than plain old golf balls!
I would tend to pick jelly beans over golf balls any day!
The point was, that the jar (like our day), is only so big.
It can only hold so much.
If we have 5 golf balls, we need to make sure there is room for them.
If we scoop our jelly beans in, and then add the golf balls on top, chances are, they won't all fit.
But, if we put our golf balls into the jar, and THEN the jelly beans, we are more likely to see results!
Jelly beans are so fun, and pretty that they beg for attention, but golf balls make life more manageable for everyone in my family (including myself!).
Today, my golf balls are lessons with kids, housework, laundry, paying bills, and planning dinner. (I have already put in my devotional golf ball today! Yea!)
So, as tempting as it is to be distracted by all of the pretty jelly beans, I'm off to take care of my golf balls.
If I play my cards right, I should still have some jelly bean time at the end!
What are your golf balls today?
Writing the Waves,