Stephen R. Covey told a teaching story about a bowl of rocks, pebbles, sand and water.
I did this with the children in church on Sunday.
I had a glass bowl full of big rocks. I said, "The bowl is pretty full, isn't it?" They nodded.
Then I took a small bowl of pebbles and poured the pebbles into the bigger bowl. They filled in the gaps around the big rocks.
"Is it full now?" I asked. The children learned quickly! "No," they answered. Then I poured in sand. The sand filled in the even smaller gaps. "Is it full now?" I asked. "No!" they quickly answered.
Our lives are like that bowl. We could always cram in more. It might be difficult, but we could.
But the "take home message" is that the big rocks have to go in first. If they don't, if room is not made for them at the beginning, they will not be able to fit in later.
Our lives are like that. As we enter the fall and all of the activities ahead, if we don't "make space for God," if we don't schedule in time for passionate worship, time for intentional faith development and risk-taking mission and service--time for growing as disciples of Jesus Christ--there won't be space in our busy lives. Rocks first. WE will be blessed, and we'll bless others as a result.