by Cathy Baker

Chances are, you’ve heard the tale of the rocks, pebbles, and sand being placed in a glass jar, right? If not, you can read it here, by Stephen R. Covey.

If you’re wondering what a short read on rocks and priorities has to do with making over our mornings, days, and moments, I think you would agree it has everything to do with it. When a boat sets sail, it doesn’t just drift along until it hits any old shore. Instead, it carefully charts a course and takes specific actions to aim in that direction and arrive at its planned destination. 

Obviously, Stephen’s illustration can be viewed as a life lesson but since we’re focusing on making over our mornings this month, let’s consider it in light of our daily-do’s. 

If you’re like me, you can spend your day spinning your heels (okay, Sketchers) running in a million directions and have very little to show for it at the end of the day. So how are we to move closer towards those things most important to us if we don’t make them a priority? 

“We can’t always control external circumstances but we can determine what we prioritize.” 
-Crystal Paine, Make Over Your Mornings

Crystal shares in her online course, Make Over Your Mornings, that when we’re setting up a morning routine we need to determine what needs to be prioritized right now. Obviously, this will look different for everyone (don’t compare!)

She suggests you ask yourself one of two questions to narrow the focus down to what your “big rocks” are for the day:

  • “If I did NOTHING else today except ___________, my day would be a success.”
  • “What’s the most important thing I must accomplish today?”

How would you fill in the above blank as you look at today’s calendar?

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33