Overburdened? Stressed?: Share the load
Exodus 18:17-18 (NIV)
Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
Are you a workaholic? Do you struggle to say “no”? Or are you afraid that if you ask someone to help, they won’t do it to your standard? Or do you thrive off of the praise and encouragement of people whilst you are burning yourself to the ground?
If this is you, it’s time to stop trying to do everything on your own. Jethro warns Moses of the problem he could foresee and quite evidently Moses was becoming overburdened. He was coming out of God’s will by doing too much; stuff that God didn’t even want him doing in the first place. So consequently he was wearing himself out.
What a great message to all of us. If your work is burning you out then perhaps this advice is also for you.
The vision is huge and how can God expect us to physically be able to do it all on our own? The fact is, He doesn’t.
Sometimes He will reveal a big picture of what it looks like and in our pride we assume responsibility for far more than is required of us.
We need to pray and trust God to bring people to help us, as well as getting behind the visions of others.
As we work together to build, we will not only develop relationships, but others will be fulfilled in their gifting also.
You may be robbing someone else of a blessing that they have an opportunity to invest time into. By activating them, could even set them free from depression and make them come alive and shine.
Sometimes God may change our role but we are still trying to do the tasks we were doing before. So one thing is added onto another and nothing gets done effectively.
Let’s take the advice from Jethro, begin to set boundaries, and learn to say “no” if it’s not His will for us. Delegate when required, learn how to oversee, and do our part by coming under the vision of those leading us.