Friday, September 26, 2008

Walnuts and Rice

Today, my Mom told me this "word -picture" (after I had spent a lot of time on, well, the blog):

I have a jar, some rice and a few walnuts. First, I will pour the rice into the jar, so that it goes all the way up to the brim. With the jar filled, I try to stuff the walnuts in. What happens? The walnuts don't fit.

The walnuts are representing the necessities of life, like prayer. Or laundry. Or schoolwork. The rice stands for all the luxuries and things that are not necessities. If (and when) I put in the luxuries first, the necessities won't fit and hence don't get done.

Now think: if I put in the walnuts first, and then the rice, it all fits. Guess what that means! :)

5 comments:

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

Sounds like your Mom is one smart lady :)

Lucie said...

She is!!!

The King's Missionary said...

She sounds like my Mom! :)
I wanted to stop by and thank you for stopping by my blog and deciding to follow it! :)
I really like your site and hope that my site will be an encouragement to you. God bless!!

Lucie said...

Thanks for stopping by, King's Missionary! I appreciate you comment. :)

... Lucie

Sarah said...

hey that's cool! i heard the same example, but explained a little differently.

the rice represent our dreams (i.e. happiness, love, adventure, joy) and the walnuts represent God's plans for our life.

again, when you put the rice before the walnuts (our dreams before God's plans) there's no room for anything else.

but when we put the walnuts before the rice (God's plans before out own) everything fits :)