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Monday, March 31, 2014
Stress Reduction: Spreading Out the Workloadby Charles R. SwindollExodus 18:13-27
We've been talking about the very common and very real problem of stress. Today I'd like to tackle a practical suggestion for stress-reduction: spreading out the workload.
There is a side of stress that is easily overlooked, and that is trying to do too much ourselves. All of us have a limit. If those huge freight trucks on the highway have a load limit, you can be sure each one of us does, too. When we try to do more than we were designed to do, our level of anxiety immediately begins to rise.
Moses is an example of one who fell into this very trap. He was surrounded by an endless number of needs, people, demands, requests for decisions, and problems to solve. On one occasion, his father-in-law, Jethro, paid him a visit and witnessed the load Moses was living under.
Moses' father-in-law said to him, "The thing that you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone." (Exodus 18:17-18)
The classic account of an ancient workaholic! This wise father-in-law comes right out and faces Moses with the truth: "It isn't good . . . you'll wear yourself out." Jethro saw the whole thing objectively. He saw his son-in-law on the raw edge of exhaustion. The anxiety brought on by that much work would soon take a toll on Moses. He couldn't continue doing it all alone.
Before we proceed, let me ask you: Does this sound like your biography? Are you the type who tends to take on too much . . . to handle the demands all alone . . . to hang in there without much thought of passing the load around? To quote Jethro's counsel, "The thing that you are doing is not good." Perhaps this is the bottom-line reason you've become so anxious in recent days. Be honest enough to admit it if it's true. That's the first (and most important) step in the process of change.
As Moses listened, Jethro continued:
"You shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain. . . . Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. . . ."
So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all that he had said. (vv. 21-24)
Moses was smart to listen. He was hearing the advice of a wise man. Now don't misunderstand. The plan was not that he should back out of the scene completely. No, that wouldn't have been best. His presence was still extremely valuable. But he was to determine those things he should handle---the really weighty issues---then pass around to qualified people the balance of the workload.
Did you notice that those who were to help him needed to be well qualified? Read again the specifics in verse 21:
Able men who fear God
Men of truth
Those who hate dishonest gain
Had Moses chosen the wrong kind of delegates to help handle the workload, his stress would have increased, not decreased.
He did as Jethro had suggested:
Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. They judged the people at all times; the difficult dispute they would bring to Moses, but every minor dispute they themselves would judge. (Exodus 18:25-26)
This, no doubt, enabled him to have many more effective years of meaningful leadership. We would do well to follow his example.
But What about You?
The real issue, however, is not the anxiety of Moses. It is you and your stress. What is it that makes you think you are capable enough to handle more than you should? Why do you feel the need to continue living under the heavy weight of anxiety when it seems so natural to spread the work among several others?
I challenge you: Release your grip on all those details! Find a few qualified people to help you get the job done.
This same principle works when you are under the pressure of an intense trial in your life. No need to tough it out alone. Share it. Let a few people enter into that lonely experience with you. They can stand by you and provide an enormous amount of support, relieving much of the stress you would otherwise be enduring alone.
I really enjoyed this devotional today, for it gives us Biblical ways to avoid stress in our own lives. Sometimes we need to reach out and ask for a helping hand and share the load. No one is an island you cannot do it all by yourself. When you empower other people to use their ideas and skills you can become a mighty force. They will help to make you to look even better than you do now. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Two Perspectives on Stressby Charles R. SwindollLuke 10:38-42
Friday, March 28, 2014
Temporal Rewards for Those Who Serve God…by Charles R. Swindoll
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Back to the BasicsLook how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first.—Revelation 2:5, NLT
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Saved Soul, Wasted LifeNo other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.—1 Corinthians 3:11
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Is There a Catfish in Your Tank?Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. —1 John 3:13
Monday, March 24, 2014
Hearing the truth carries responsibility.
Listen to the words of Jesus:
"'If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.' Then He said to them, 'Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him'" (Mark 4:23-25).
Sunday, March 23, 2014
At the Right TimeWhen the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. —Galatians 4:4
Saturday, March 22, 2014
God is faithful to take special note of those who serve Him. Of all the promises He has made to His servants, one stands out as my favorite:
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. (Hebrews 6:10)
Friday, March 21, 2014
Returning to Our First LoveRemember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.—Revelation 2:5
Thursday, March 20, 2014
ForgetfulnessFor this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. —2 Peter 1:12
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The Perfect Revelation of the Lord
Psalm 19To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.1 The heavens declare the glory of God;And the firmament shows His handiwork.2 Day unto day utters speech,And night unto night reveals knowledge.3 There is no speech nor languageWhere their voice is not heard.4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,And their words to the end of the world.In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,And its circuit to the other end;And there is nothing hidden from its heat.7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.10 More to be desired are they than gold,Yea, than much fine gold;Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,And in keeping them there is great reward.12 Who can understand his errors?Cleanse me from secret faults.13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;Let them not have dominion over me.Then I shall be blameless,And I shall be innocent of great transgression.14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heartBe acceptable in Your sight,O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.