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by Bob and Debby Gass

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THIS JOB IS TOO HEAVY…TO…HANDLE…BY YOURSELF.

EXODUS 18:18 TLB
During their journeys through the desert the Israelites looked to Moses for everything, and he was wearing himself out trying to meet their expectations. When his father-in-law saw how much time this was taking he said, ‘Why are you trying to do all this alone…You’re going to wear yourself out…this job is too heavy…to handle…by yourself…Find some capable, godly, honest men…and appoint them…That way…you will share the burden…be able to endure the pressures, and there will be peace and harmony’…Moses listened…and followed this suggestion’ (Exodus 18:14-24 TLB). Some people seem to have a ‘superhero’ complex which makes them think that they have to do everything on their own. One of the best lessons you can learn is how to delegate. Delegation is a word used a lot in the business world. It means instead of shouldering all the responsibility for a big job or complicated project a manager will choose hard workers or people who are responsible and trustworthy and give them some of the responsibilities. Delegating; or basically asking for help; is a sign of strength, not weakness. Sometimes our pride gets in the way from asking coz we think people will think less of us but that’s the fast lane to meltdown! Asking the right people (that is the key by the way) for help strengthened Moses for the job of leading Israel the way God intended. Unless you learn to delegate, you’ll disintegrate. As you start to lead groups and projects it’s easy to get to big for your boots. Paul says: ‘Do not think you are better than you really are.’ (Romans 12:3 NCV).

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