Lighten the Load
"Furthermore, you shall select from all the people competent men who [reverently] fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; you shall place these over the people as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. They shall judge the people at all times; have them bring every major dispute to you, but let them judge every minor dispute themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you." -Exodus 18:21-22 AMP
Delegation. It's a word that some people love, and that makes others receive hives from anxiety and fear.
Earlier today, I was reading about Moses in the book of Exodus. He was someone that I admired because of his leadership and willingness to obey God in the midst of major adversity. Lately, I have been trying to work on my leadership skills but noticed that for the past few days (including today with the above scripture) I’ve received signs that in order to truly succeed in leadership, you must be willing to delegate.
Moses was the leader for Israel and led them out of captivity in Egypt, but once they were in the wilderness he took on all of the problems of the people. When they needed help or guidance from God they all came to HIM (mind you it was thousands of people!). His father-in-law finally told him to delegate able leaders from within the people of Israel to help him bear the burden. It was then that he was able to truly lighten his load and also teach others to be leaders for God!
Later, Moses found himself at the top of a mountain while the war between Israel and Amalek was in full affect below him. God gave him a command to raise his rod...when he obeyed, Israel began to overpower the Amaleks, but when he lowered the rod Amalek would overpower Israel. When his arm began to get tired while holding the rod Aaron and Hur, the two men with him took hold of his arms and held them up for him until Israel prevailed and won the war. This made me think of how we should surround ourselves with those who will lift us up, but also how we must be willing to lift others up in their time of need and lighten their load when we see that God has placed us there to help them.
I must admit that at times I think that I am superwoman and can do any and everything without help. I often think that if I ask others for help they will slow me down. But to be honest, I usually end up slowing myself down because I get wiped out.
We may want to be the next Beyonce and run the world, but remember that even the greatest have a village to ensure that they stay great. :)
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