Exodus Extracts 18 – Don’t Do It Alone: Sound Advice

Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. (Exodus 18:17-18)

Sometimes we conduct business our way and develop and entrench a pattern of behaviour to such a degree that we don’t pay too much attention to it.

This is why it is good from time to time to get a trusted outsider to look inside. Moses was blessed with a father-in-law interested in his welfare and reverent to the great acts of God. That degree of understanding and wisdom made his observations all the more worthwhile taking on board.

Someone on the outside was able to look in and notice something potentially fatal for all parties. It’s a similar syndrome that affects organisations and structures to this day. The sense in which one person has to take on the burden that they’re never equipped to take. Time invested in things that cost more in terms of personal resources and that cost only leads to an inevitable implosion. The answer is to share – to delegate – to empower to select wisely and be able to focus on matters properly.

It was sound advice then, it’s sound advice now. It’s also instructive to allow those we trust to be able to observe us as we live and be able to share the sound advice for our benefit and the benefit of those we serve.

For His Name’s Sake


C. L. J. Dryden


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