BY REV. ERIC HOLDEMAN
SPIRIT LAKE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
My life as a leader of my home, my church, and a member of the Milford Fire Department can be a bit overwhelming to juggle at times.
We have had many church projects, home projects as well as fire department responsibilities lately. I am a person that, when the demands of hard work come, I just try to lead by example. I usually work harder to get the projects done -- with or without help -- because I realize everybody's lives are just as busy as mine.
This many times has lead me to be overwhelmed and at times left me burned out. Wonder if any of you can relate?
As Moses led the children of Israel, he found himself doing everything from leading to counseling to vision casting, to praying, judging and managing as many as 1.5 to 2 million complaining grumbling uncooperative people.
So, he just worked harder.
His father-in-law Jethro, a great man of wisdom, observed Moses' leadership from a distance. His observations are what I call the Jethro theory. Maybe you're a leader and you wear many hats and have many demands on your life.
Let's learn together about the Jethro theory. You can read this in the book of Exodus. Chapter 18 verses 14-16 contain the problem, the solution begins in verse 17-20 which says "so Moses' father-in-law said to him, you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. Listen to my voice; I will give you counsel and God will be with you."
He goes on to say: "teach the people, and tell them the work that needs to be done." Then he says, "appoint capable people to help." This is wise counsel to every leader out there: DELEGATE, DELEGATE, DELEGATE!
I know to all the go-getters out there it is hard to break through the mentality, but life will become easier if your kids are recruited or if your office workers are recruited. Your fire department or your church will only run productively if we do this. Life will become easier if we can learn the Jethro principle. I have had to re-learn this over and over again, and I am still working on it.
A recent church project worked as a result of implementing this formula. The other night our fire department was called to help or provide mutual aide with three other departments and, as a result of many hours and people coming together, a farmer's property was saved from a total loss.
It was a good decision by that one chief to call for help and realize that his department could not do it on its own. Remember: recruit, train, delegate and turn people loose. Projects will get done and you will remain sane in an upside-down world!
Try it, you too may find out that God knows what he is doing. Moses did and he lived a long and productive life because he took heed to good, wise counsel. How about you, hard-working reader? You up for the challenge?