Richard Exley Ministries

Is Your Jar Too Full?
Posted on February 28, 2015

Has life lost its zest? Is your plate too full? Have you taken on more than you can manage? You can complain or you can do something about it.

I’m thinking of the Ivy League professor who opened the first class of the semester by placing a two and a half gallon glass jar on the table at the front of the lecture hall. As the MBA students watched he carefully filled it to the brim with golf balls. Looking up he asked the class if the jar was full. When they responded in the affirmative he reached under the table and extracted a bag of sand. Slowly he poured the sand into the jar allowing time for it to work its way in-between the golf balls. When the sand was level with the top of the jar he repeated his earlier question. Finally one young man said, “It looks full but I suspect you have another surprise for us.”

Once more the professor reached under the table and this time he produced a pitcher of water and carefully poured it into jar as well, filling it to the brim. “Now,” he said, “it’s full.” After a moment he asked, “And what do you think is the point of this demonstration?”

Category: Life

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