I recently led a discussion with some women at Church regarding this parable and it was thought provoking what further ideas we came up with.
We discussed what the "rocks"were in our lives--the things we wanted to be sure and do each day. Each woman, of course, had different ideas according to her circumstances but some of the big rocks most of us had were spending time with family, scripture reading, prayer, and exercising. We talked how maybe some days we could fit in all the big rocks, but other days we may have to spend a shorter amount of time on some rocks, and that was okay. If we acknowledge that some of the rocks are only going to be put in our jar 3 times a week instead of every day, then we don't set ourselves up for failure and guilt. And ask yourself this question: do the big rocks necessarily have to all be put in the jar first thing in the morning? I have a hard time getting all the important things done first, but when I realize I can do some things later in the day, and still get them done, it helps me not be so frustrated.
Our rocks change over the course of our lives and some seasons of our lives may have different sets of rocks. This, too, is normal and okay.
One mother said that she only wanted the big rocks in her jar and didn't want any pebbles or sand cluttering up her life. Another mother of young children said she needed those pebbles to keep her sane enough to put in the big rocks. What are the pebbles? Perhaps things like reading a good book, scrapbooking, knitting, crafting, watching a movie, etc.
Before teaching my class, I was outside scouring my alley looking for rocks and pebbles to bring for the object lesson. I picked up a nice pebble, only to find that it was really a dirt clod and it crumbled in my hand. Do we have rocks and pebbles in our jar that are in reality dirt clods? Do we spend our time on things that are of no worth, only to have them crumble to dust in our jar?
Good luck with the rocks in your jar. Put them in carefully each day. Add some pebbles to spice up your life. And think about the water. What does it represent for you?
Thanks for reading,