“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” (Exodus 18:18). God may give a task to an individual; however, there is no fault in requesting and/or accepting help from others.
Years ago, the term “superwoman syndrome” was everywhere. I recall attending a certification course and exploring the topic. We discussed the outward manifestation of this “syndrome”. We learned how it affected women, how women could move beyond this debilitating “condition” to be authentic in their lives and relationships with others.
It’s not uncommon for me to say “my cape is off and my boots are hidden under the bed somewhere.” I usually get a chuckle. But the words are true. I once thought I do it all myself. That is…until nearly everything came tumbling down on my head.
This may not be the case for you. But I’m certain, as I work with women and men, that it’s true for many people. You have everything in the air, praying, you don’t sneeze. Praying that you don’t get sick or that you don’t lose a client. That one mishap would cause everything to tumble down.Moses was in the desert and his father-in-law, Jethro, visited. Jethro noticed that Moses was not using the resources–people–around him. Moses was attempting to do it all himself.
Jethro expressed his concern, “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” (Exodus 18:18). Moses was a master juggler. The people of Israel depended on Moses and Jethro did not want to see Moses fail by letting it all tumble to the ground.
Moses had a God-given assignment to lead the people out of Egypt. However, as Jethro pointed out, there is no fault in requesting and accepting help to complete the assignment. “If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied” (Exodus 18:23).
Are you a master juggler? Are you an ex-juggler trying to pick up the pieces? Consider Jethro’s advice to Moses, ask for help and submit your requests to God in prayer.
Thank you for trusting me with you work on earth. God as you work through me help me to see the others willing to ensure your work is accomplished. Bless the works of our hearts, minds, and hands that it is honoring you. And I will be sure to give you the glory and praise.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Question: Are you a master juggler? How does it help/harm your effectiveness?