Those who insist on leading on their own don’t last long. They get burned out sooner than others. They also tend to become frustrated and confused quickly when a situation does not seem to go the way they expect.
We’ve all been there at least once or twice. I know I have. Still today, I have a tendency to ‘own’ my work load and just want to get things done. But when things become heavier than usual, that’s when we need to lean on the support of others the most. Take a look at this prime example with Moses.
But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:12
What if Moses had said to Aaron and Hur, “Hey, back off. I’ve got this. I’m Moses. God has called me to this task.” Joshua and the Israelites would have surely lost that battle. Now, when God calls us to accomplish something for Him, yes….we are responsible for ensuring that it gets done. But unless the Lord specifically instructs us to ‘go it alone,’ what could be better than sharing that charge and victory with others?
Please don’t get me wrong. Yes, God does call some believers to larger tasks than others. That does not mean that we shouldn’t allow other gifted, willing, and faithful believers to come along side us and help. Personally, I am in one of those seasons where I am constantly relying on the support of my staff team and volunteers.
What about you? Do you struggle with accepting help with what God has put you in charge of? If so, just recognize it. Try making a list of all the tasks you have before you that are weighing you down. Then pray over them and ask the Lord which tasks you could empower others to do. Then consider who you could ask. This was a huge step for me over 10 years ago, so I know it isn’t easy at first. But trust me. It gets easier the more you do it and it will make you a better leader.
What are you waiting for? List…Pray…Empower.
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