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Object Lesson
for Kids Managing
Priorities
A powerful
illustration, that could
also be used as...
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A while back I was
reading about an expert
on the subject of time
management. One day
this exp...
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As this man stood in front
of the group of highpowered overachievers he
said, “Okay, time for ...
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When the jar was filled to
the top and no more
rocks would fit inside, he
asked, “Is this jar ...
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He reached under the table
and pulled out a bucket of
gravel. Then he dumped
some gravel in an...
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“Good!” he replied. And he
reached under the table
and brought out a bucket
of sand. He starte...
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Once again he
said, “Good!” Then he
grabbed a pitcher of water
and began to pour it in until
t...
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One eager beaver raised
his hand and said, “The
point is, no matter how
full your schedule is,...
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“No,” the speaker
replied, “that’s not the
point. The truth this
illustration teaches us is: I...
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What are the big rocks in your
life? A project that YOU want
to accomplish? Time with
your lov...
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Object Lesson for Kids - Managing Priorities

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A powerful illustration, that could also be used as an object lesson on time management.

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Object Lesson for Kids - Managing Priorities

  1. 1. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Object Lesson for Kids Managing Priorities A powerful illustration, that could also be used as an object lesson on time management. www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  2. 2. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com A while back I was reading about an expert on the subject of time management. One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, he used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget: www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  3. 3. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com As this man stood in front of the group of highpowered overachievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Next he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  4. 4. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?” www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  5. 5. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  6. 6. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com “Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  7. 7. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Once again he said, “Good!” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?” www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  8. 8. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!” www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  9. 9. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com “No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.” www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  10. 10. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com What are the big rocks in your life? A project that YOU want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all. www.CreativeObjectLessons.com
  11. 11. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.com Creative Object Lessons MORE IDEAS? See “Creative Object Lessons” 200 page e-book that explains everything you need to know when planning your very own object lessons. It contains 90 fully developed object lesson ideas and another 200 object lesson starter ideas based on Biblical idioms and Names / Descriptions of God. Learn More… www.creativeobjectlessons.com

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