I received this email from my parents. I really like it…

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle,

When 24 hours in a day is not enough;
remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly,
he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar
and start to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured
it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again

if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand
and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else

He asked once more if the jar was full… The students responded
With an unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table
and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively
filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.

‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided,
‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things – Family,
children, health, friends, and favorite passions
Things that if everything else was lost
and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car.
The sand is everything else
The small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued,
‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,
You will never have room for the things that are
important to you..


Pay attention
to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play with your children.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner.
There will always be time
to clean the house and fix the dripping tap.

‘Take care of the golf balls first —

The things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.’

One of the students raised her hand
and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled.
‘I’m glad you asked’.
It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’
Please share this with other "Golf Balls"
I just did…….Take care


9 thoughts on “I received this email from my parents. I really like it…

  1. How true. God should always be first. I’m going through times of stress as my father is dying of cancer and won’t be with us much longer. I’ve found I’ve left the housework – it can be done later. And a friend and I always enjoy a cuppa together.


    • I am so sorry to hear about your dear father. Is he a believer? The reason I ask this is because I would be honoured to pray for you and your father.

      The housework can wait! And take advantage of that lovely friend of yours.

      May God be with you during this very hard time in your life. May God give you strength and good counsel. I pray that your father’s hope is in God only and that his eternity with God awaits him. For Christians death never really means goodbye forever. We have that blessed hope that we will be reunited with our loved ones with the Lord.

      God bless you Leonie.




      • Hi Vee,
        My father is a believer, but his faith has been sorely tested. Thank you for your loving words and prayers would be much appeciated!


        • Hi Leonie,

          My father was a believer and now has become an atheist. After over forty years he has done a complete back flip and has turned away from God.

          I will pray that your father find peace ONLY in Jesus. And even though he may be a bit bitter about being tested that the Lord makes known to him that it was to make him strong and to build his faith.




  2. Hi, just to let you know that my father passed away this week and the funeral will be next Tuesday. The resurrection was his comfort. And he will be laid to rest next to my mother. Thanks for your prayers; much appreciated. Please continue to pray for the family as we come to grips with losing our father. (We lost Mum nearly 13 years ago and I still miss her).


    • I will most certainly keep you and your family in my prayers Leonie. I pray that the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family. I can only imagine how much you miss your mum and now your dad has passed away. But for us this life isn’t the final life. And we really can look forward to being with them in eternity.

      May God bless you and keep you during this time Leonie.




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