Sometimes we don’t realize we are overloading ourselves with obligations.
We work ourselves from morning until night, week after week.
We have to realize that one man or woman cannot take on the whole world. Eventually, the weight of burden will overcome our best efforts to keep up.
In Exodus 18 we can glean wise words from Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. After God brought the Israelites up out of Egypt, Moses had acquired the role of judge over the people. The people would bring their disputes to him without ceasing. When Jethro saw all that Moses was doing, he advised:
“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. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 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 18:18-23
From this passage we can take a few principles:
1. You must delegate to a qualified individual
2. Handle only the most difficult issues yourself
3. Delegation leads to more longevity
4. Delegation leads to increased efficiency
5. Delegation leads to better service
Take a look at your duties, and see what is most important for you to do yourself. If you can, entrust the smaller things to someone reliable. The best leaders are great at delegating!