By Isaiah Ogunrinola:

A few years ago at my Church’s International Youth Camp, a presentation was made to us on how to manage our time. It goes thus:

A bucket was placed on a table and then was filled with big stones. The presenter asked the congregation if the bucket was full. Everyone agreed it was.

Afterward, the presenter brought out some small pebbles of stone and then pours them into the bucket already full of stones. He shook the bucket lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the big stones. He then asked if the bucket was full. Everyone unanimously agreed.

He went further to pour into the bucket already full of big stones and pebbles with sand. He shook the bucket again and of course, the sand filled the holes in between the pebbles. He asked if the bucket was full and everyone agreed.

The presenter brought out a bucket of water and he again poured the water into the bucket full of big stones, pebbles, and sand. Of course, the water went straight into the sand. He asked everyone seated if the bucket was full and everyone again responded with the affirmative.

When we relate this presentation to our lives, the big stones are the most important things in our life – our family, partner, health, and children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are other things that matter like your job, house, car, etc…, the sand and water are everything else.

If you pour in the sand first, there will not be space for the big Stones and the pebbles to enter into the bucket. In life, It is very important to set your priorities right. If you pay attention to the small stuff like partying, playing games, betting, footballs…etc and leave out the important things in your life, you will be the loser.

As a student, your education is a priority, as a professional, your career is a priority, as a husband, your family is a priority to mention a few.

This does not only apply to our lives generally. It also applies to every single facet of our lives. Whatever you plan to do or you are currently doing, SET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT.


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