Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Putting First Things First, part two

The Parable of the Walnut and the Rice

(an object lesson to go with Matthew 6:33 - "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.")

The walnut in this jar represents the time we spend with God. The rice represents the time we spend doing other things.

If you pour the rice into the jar first, then try to insert the walnut, it will not fit.

If you put the walnut in first,
then pour the rice around it,

there is a perfect fit!

Likewise, if we spend time doing other things first, we will never find time to spend with God. If we spend time with God first, there will always be time for other things.

The key to making that happen is found in the second half of this quote by President Benson:

"When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives."

President Ezra Taft Benson

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