A lesson from jelly beans

Let’s face it: It’s easy to forget that we only have a limited number of days on this earth. The video below is one of the coolest illustrations I’ve ever seen of what those limited days look like when translated into jelly beans. It clearly communicates how our time is divided into the different activities we spend our time doing. It reminds us about the brevity of life and the importance of maximizing the time we're given on this side of eternity. It may even strike you as something shocking, but allow it to serve as a reality check to appreciate the life we've been given. Take a look.

What can jelly beans can teach us about fulfillment?

The video begins with 28,835 jelly beans, representing the average lifespan, one jelly bean for each day. It looks like a lot! In context of all those beans, what’s the significance of one day, one jelly bean, compared to 28,835 of them? But the significance builds as days—or jelly beans—are stripped out from the pile, representing those things we have to do, like growing up, going to work, and bathing. Slowly, the pile starts to shrink. There aren’t nearly as many jelly beans as we first thought.

Too often, people waste their lives doing something they hate, or spend time doing things that are menial instead of investing their lives into causes that could make a real difference. To make the most out of your life, you must seize every opportunity to invest in others and start cooperating with God – the Master Artist – and become the masterpiece he divinely designed you to be.

When we’re aware of the number of days we actually have to make a difference, we begin to use those days more wisely. We focus on things that matter. We strive to make a difference in every situation. When we’re more intentional about the way we spend our days, we’ll begin to live a life that’s more fulfilling.

I hope this video is a helpful reminder that we still have a whole heap of days to use for good, to do work that matters, and to spend with people we love.

What are you going to do with the days you have left?