A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.

When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them in to the jar.

He shook the jar lightly .The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He asked his students again if the jar was full? They agreed that yes, it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students answered with an unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life.

The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car.

The sand is everything else. The small stuff.

“If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room, for the rocks. The same goes for your life.

If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.

Pay attention to the things that are critical in your life. Play with your children. Take your partner out for dinner. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.”

Take care of the rocks first -the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just pebbles and sand.

And from a Christian perspective I would add that to me the ‘rocks’ are first ‘The Rock of all Ages’ – my Lord Jesus Christ, and then His body the Church and then my wife and kids . . . . everything else is really pebbles and sand, or as the wise man put it – is vanity and vexation of spirit – a grasping for the wind! [Ecc 1:14]

“For in Him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are COMPLETE in Him, which is the Head of all principality and power!” [Col 2:9,10]

Praise the Lord!

Your servant for His sake
Michael Jeshurun


  1. I literally finished speaking to a young friend in Mumbai and then read this post. I’ve sent it Gaurav. Thank you. The Lord always provides in the right manner and as we have need.

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