In that great movie classic, Napoleon Dynamite, we learn something about life. A kid on the bus asked Napoleon, “What are you going to do today?”

His reply, “Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!”

An expert in time management shared this illustration to drive home a powerful point …

He set a wide-mouthed pickle jar on the table and began putting fist-sized rocks in it. When the jar was filled and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?”

The group answered, “Yes.”

So, he reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, filling the space between the big rocks. He asked, “Is the jar full?”

“Probably not,” someone responded.

“Good!” he replied. He brought out a bucket of sand and started dumping the sand into the jar. It filled all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked, “Is this jar full?”

“NO!” they group shouted.

Finally he poured a pitcher of water until the jar was filled to the brim. The speaker asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”

Someone responded, “No matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not it. The truth is this: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

Many of us are like Napoleon Dynamite. We just go with the flow and let whatever happens happen. We just respond to life. Others are like the group member who try to squeeze as much as we can into our day.

With either approach we are cheating ourselves and those around us. So, what are the “big rocks” in life? Notice that I did not say “your life.” In order to enjoy life as God intended, we need to put the things that He values into our life first.

Jesus said, “The first and greatest commandment is this: You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind … A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40).

Before doing anything, spend time each day nurturing your relationship with Jesus and serving others.