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 January 2005

February Outreach

Our February Outreach to Nigeria is fast approaching: Feb. 20 - Mar. 15, 2005. If you would like to be part of this team, then please notify us no later than Jan. 15. Your help with prayers, meds, supplies and finances is greatly appreciated as we continue in the field of labor where God has placed us.


January, as many of you know, is a month of celebrations at the Koontz household. The twins, Robert and Lauren, celebrate their 11th birthday on the 10th. Kristen will be 9 on the 30th, while we celebrate our 27th year together forever on the 21st. We want to thank all of you who so faithfully remember these occasions with cards, calls and bad singing. Ha!

Koontz Family Dec. 2004

Golf Balls

Recently we heard this story about the important things in life.

A college professor brought a large empty mayonnaise jar to class and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked his class if the jar was full. When they told him yes, he poured in pebbles, shaking them into the empty spaces between the golf balls. Again he asked if the jar was full and again he was assured that it was.

Then he took sand and poured it into the jar, which filled up the empty spaces around the pebbles. Once more he asked if the jar was full and once more received an affirmative answer. Finally, he poured in two cups of coffee!

The Moral of the story?

The jar represents our lives. The golf balls are the important things in our lives: God, family, church, friends, health, passions, things that make our lives full even if there is nothing else. The pebbles are the other  things that matter: jobs, home and possessions. The sand is everything else – the small stuff.

Set Priorities

If you fill up the jar of your life with sand first, then there is no room for the pebbles or golf balls. You end up spending all your time and energy on the small stuff and never have room for the really important, critical things for your happiness - spending time with your wife and kids, enjoying exercising, getting regular health screenings, and setting aside time each day to commune with God. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Set your priorities; take care of the things that really matter first. Take care of the GOLF BALLS!! The rest is just sand.

Oh, and the coffee? There’s always room for a couple of cups with a friend.

We trust that this Christmas Season and New Year will find your mayonnaise jar filled with the golf balls of life as you put God first in all you do. Have A Blessed New Year.

Your Servants In Christ, Larry & Sarah