Exodus 18: Moses’ father-in-law Jethro shares a common sense way to both lessen his work load and make it more effective.
Lessons for Living Today:
Are there more things on your to-do list than hours in the day? Perhaps you need to take the advice of Moses’ father-in-law. Working your tail off is not the best use of your time! That leads to burnout and an early death. If what you feel you “have to get done” is that important then it is time to divide and conquer. Jethro saw that Moses was doing alone what others could help him accomplish. He explained the principle of finding competent others to share in the work load. Then Moses would oversee the project not do it all.
Moses wasn’t too proud to accept this sound advice. He recruited others who recruited others and the work was done in a more efficient manner. Moses just had to deal with the hardest cases. This conserved Moses’ strength and developed other leaders, giving them a mission to be of service to the greater community. Life was made simpler for everyone by following this advice. Pride often causes us to think we are the only ones qualified to do the job at hand. That can cause the collapse of what could be a very efficient task force.
Is your plate overflowing with way too much to accomplish? Do you need to take Jethro’s good advice? We must constantly evaluate our mission (passion) in life. Based on that we must remind ourselves to carefully select, reject, and concentrate on the things of utmost importance to our mission. We can’t do everything we would like to do, so lesser things must be left off so we can FOCUS on the greater things. Lord, help me to listen to Your message through Your Word, obey Your leading and thus choose the greater things You are calling me to do.
God’s Question: Is pride getting in your way to productivity?
God’s Promise: My Word is given to help you live a successful life.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for loving us enough to provide Your wonderful Word.
I am sorry I too often make decisions without Your input.
Thank You for giving me Your advice whenever I ask.
Help me more faithfully follow Your advice.