I’m actually using it though as an object lesson. Stay with me on this.
There are over 1000 jelly beans in the jar. Every week I remove one jelly bean. Why? Because I’m using it as a visual tool to help remind me about the shortness of life. I’m 55 years old, so I’m thinking I have a long life still in front of me, but really, one never knows.
I showed someone what I was doing not long ago and they replied, “well, that’s morbid! Why would you think about dying?”
Is that what your thinking as well?
Well, In Psalm 90:12, the Bible says, “teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. My little project helps me to do that.
So, as I’m plucking out a jelly bean each week, some times I find that a bean tastes really good. That’s how life is right–some times very enjoyable. But, I know soon I will be eating a jelly bean that is going to taste sour, or just awful. Life can be like that too, at times–just hard. But, whether I’m in a good period in my life or a rough one, life goes on in its limited supply (and who knows how long that will be).
The other benefit I keep getting reminded about as I look at this jar or put a jelly bean in my mouth is that I need to enjoy life. I need to strive to enjoy my family more, my friends in a deeper way, my God in a more experiencial way. I need to enjoy each and every moment.
So, next time you have a jelly bean and enjoy its taste, why not also really seek to enjoy all that you are experiencing in life.