Leadership Troubles

Why do I always carry too much?

Numbers 11:1-35

Reference: v.15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: When bringing the groceries in from the car I really hate taking more than one trip.  It doesn’t matter how many bags of shopping I have or how much they all weigh, my aim is always to carry them from the car to the house in one go.  By the time I lift all the bags, juggle my keys to unlock the house, then navigate my way through the doorways I find that I’ve lost all circulation in my fingers as the plastic from the heavy grocery bags have dug into my hands.  As I try to move my paralyzed fingers, to encourage the blood flow to return, I think to myself, “Why do I always carry too much?”

Application:  This is not the only time I will ask myself this question.  Regularly in the leadership rolls I take I will find myself asking the exact same thing.  “I feel so overwhelmed, there’s so much to do, there’s so many people to help, my action list never gets shorter, why do I always carry so much?”  We now know that carrying a heavy workload does actually have physical ramifications.  It’s no wonder that even Moses declared enough is enough.  It was clear that God wanted Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and through the desert and yet the weight of leadership for one person was too much.  God did not leave Moses to his own devices.  He not only miraculously answered the prayers of the people but he also facilitated a larger leadership group to support Moses.  There are times in our own lives when we feel completely overwhelmed.  We can learn from Moses that God does not leave us.  He has the power to move in a miraculous way as well as showing us that there are already people around us to support us through the challenges.

Prayer: Lord, we cannot do life on our own.  Remind us of Your presence and Your support.  Amen.

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.