"Moses’ father-in-law replied, “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 18:17-23)
Whatʻs one tell tale sign that I’m getting older? All my sports heroes are starting to fall apart. After years of dominating and carrying teams, the great Tom Brady can’t power through games on his own in order for his team to win. After carrying the burden of success on his shoulders for 23 years, his shoulders literally gave out mid-season. After making mediocre offensive players household names, he didn’t quite have enough experience or talent in himself to overcome the defensive schemes of his opponents.
While the drive to succeed and win is admirable, the Brady Way is completely flawed. Today, Jethro sweeps in with wisdom for the ages. In admonishing his son-in-law, Jethro also gives Moses the game-plan moving forward. As I apply it to my life and my responsibilities as a husband, father and servant-leader it breaks down a little something like this:
I need to...
- Recognize that I alone cannot do everything.
- Be a champion not a chump. Champion the people but don’t bend to every criticism and complaint.
- Pass on as much wisdom as possible while also correcting the problem…not just correct the problem without learning taking place.
- Identify those who are capable of carrying the legacy past my generation.
- Prioritize my work load and trust those that have been chosen to do the things anyone can do. Focus on my 5%!
If I succeed in following these 5 steps then I assure a constant and consistent pursuit of my calling and passion and a work that outlives me long after I’m gone.
Lord help me! Guide me as I strive to prioritize my time and energy. Teach me to value and pursue my 5%, putting all trust in You and agape towards others. Not my strength, but Your will. Amen