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Jethro asked Moses, “Why are you doing all this, and all by yourself…” Has anyone said that to you in the past? Have you asked this of yourself recently? Today we live in a society of busyness so I have asked this of others and of myself again and again.
We have to remind ourselves often that we cannot do everything. God has given us each a special gift and a special calling that should be at the top of the list. With Him as our top priority, what He has purposed us for should be of utmost importance. But we have this desire to do everything. We want to have our hands in everything. The problem is that if our hands are in everything, they are too weak to hold onto what must have our attention. We cannot be really good in one area if we are spread out thin.
Jethro noticed that Moses was going to burn out himself and the people who looked to him for leadership and direction. He spoke to Moses about the need to let go of some of the responsibilities he held tightly and allow others to take some control. It is called delegation and we all need to live with this in our lives. In its simplest form, it can create a less chaotic household. It can be constructive in the workplace, with church volunteers and staff, and with any situation where there are many tasks to be accomplished and a group of people with willing hands. You can’t do it all by yourself. Delegate.
“The next day Moses took his place to judge the people. People were standing before him all day long, from morning to night. When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, ‘What’s going on here? Why are you doing all this, and all by yourself, letting everybody line up before you from morning to night?'”
– Exodus 18:13-14 [MSG]
Why are you trying to do all this alone? That is what Jethro asks Moses when he visits (see Exodus 18). We have to ask ourselves that same question from time to time. Why are YOU trying to do all this alone?
Recently I got another job and ended up being overwhelmed. I had too much on my plate and had to delegate some of my responsibilities to others. I had to stop doing some things and pass on other things. We tend to take on a lot of tasks and responsibilities because we want to help. Sometimes we get it into our head that we are best suited for a task. Jethro helped to show Moses that what he was doing was “not good” and told him, “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself” (v. 17 NLT). Moses needed to delegate.
If you are feeling stressed out, examine your schedule and your responsibilities. Is your plate filled to the brim? Are there things that someone else could do instead of you? We aren’t meant to take on everything or to do it all. Delegation is important. Remember what Jethro said—it’s not going to just wear you out, but also those around you.
“You’re going to wear yourself out–and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.” – Exodus 18:18 [NLT]