Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good... 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, 21-23

A few thousand years later and the challenges of leadership remain the same. Men have had the role of leading others since Adam received God's instruction in the garden. And leadership is meant to be shared unless an unbearable load is desired. The challenge is that we as men tend not to recognize when we need to share the burden. Leading is a task that requires the kind of sharpening that must come from a trusted source. 

Moses was under incredible strain, and I suggest it was no accident that the eyes of another man, his father-in-law, noticed this. The first lesson learned here is the importance of another man evaluating your leadership. The next lesson came with Jethro's courage to confront Moses. Both giving and receiving feedback are keys to growing as a leader. Lastly, work backward. Satisfied people who've been handled fairly required more capable leaders, so the solution was apparent. When you see the outcome you want, the solution is much easier to identify. Don't get caught under a heavy burden with family, work, or elsewhere. As you lead, fear God and delegate appropriately. 

DO THIS TODAY: Start thinking like Jethro. 


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