Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”
This is an important verse in the Bible, and it’s an important concept in life. Just last week I was mad and worn out because we were out of milk and lunch meat and bread again and I had my daughter’s birthday, my son’s friend’s birthday party to go buy a gift for, bills to pay, a house to clean etc. etc. and I thought, “I have not time to go get milk and lunch stuff tonight - it’s already 10 pm! - what will I do for lunches tomorrow?” Ugh. It was a simple solution really. My husband said, “We’ll buy lunches tomorrow, and make a list and I’ll go to the store tomorrow.” Wow, that was simple. Have you ever been there? You have so much responsibility all the time that you get fooled into thinking that EVERYTHING is your responsibility and then you get mad instead of asking for help? Now, when my husband doesn’t offer to go to the store, I nicely ask him when I need his help. I feel like we are having church here because I bet everyone is nodding their heads with me. I don’t know why I’ve spent my life thinking it was all up to “little ‘ol special superherowoman me” to make the world go round. I guess it started with women’s liberation. Don’t get me wrong - it’s good to be a liberated woman - but it is MORE important to be a delegating woman.
When I was writing The Warrior Mom Handbook, I sat and typed with God. I was just plowing along writing about concepts and encouraging things regarding the Armor of God and the fruits of the Spirit, and right when I was about to plow ahead and write some deep, important stuff about wars and battles, God said, “Delegate.” I thought, “Why write about that? We are really getting into the good stuff here?” He impressed upon me that it is crucial to learn the skill of delegating the work-load so that we don’t get into the heat of a battle or war and fall flat on our faces because we stretched ourselves too thin and forgot to distribute the responsibilities and ask for help. We must learn to delegate in the midst of our everyday lives so that we remember to do so in the spiritual sense as well. Ultimately, the battles are the Lords. God wants us to obediently show up to each battle, reminding ourselves that it is Him who works through us and brings victory!
We were not made to “do it all alone.” For one, God made us so that we would need Him, and for two: God made us so that we would need each other. So, when we race out ahead and say, “I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it, I got it,” what eventually happens “It gets us - tired, mad, exhausted, resentful, helpless, frustrated, and wanting to quit.” What a trick of the enemy! The world tries to get us to believe that we have to do it all. God wants us to remember to call upon Him and other warrior moms and our spouse, our friends, and our kids to help carry the load so that our load will be lighter.
Delegate and celebrate the wisdom of God in your life!
The Warrior Mom Ministry was founded by Kristina Seymour, author of The Warrior Mom Handbook – Equipping Women through the Word, a Bible study for moms who desire to live by faith in the midst of their everyday lives. Kristina has learned that moms can't survive on caffeine and animal crackers alone; women in the Word and in community are united and able to stand firm. To learn more about The Warrior Mom Handbook, the Warrior Mom Ministry, and to sign up for daily encouragement, visit, www.warriormoms.net.
Originally published Tuesday, 29 October 2013.