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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Must you...

...handle it or can you hand it over? I'm amazed and appalled when I meet people who think and believe that they have to be in a certain place - work, church or wherever - for some things to happen. For instance, they never fully go on vacation because they need to do sometime and feel that noone else can quite do it. I do not dispute that there are times that it's easier or just more efficient for you to do some things yourself however, the point is if you are that good, you should be willing to help others become "as good" or even better than you.

We must all realize that "being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable."* Even beyond that: "Success without a successor is a failure." If you are so territorial that you do not want anyone to learn from you, then you really are not that good or even competent. Let's call a spade a spade - I agree this truth may sound harsh to some people. I also know that the truth is sometimes a bitter pill to swallow...and when swallowed (i.e. acted upon) will make you a better person. Let's think about it: those who are truly competent are confident and confident people are willing to share what they know with others. Have you realized that when you teach someone something, you get more than lose anything.

In Exodus 18, Moses was trying to do everything himself; his father inlaw noticed.
Verse 18: Moses' father-in-law said, "This is no way to go about it. You'll burn out, and the people right along with you. This is way too much for you—you can't do this alone.***

Verse 22: They will share your load and that will make it easier for you. If you handle the work this way, you'll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people in their settings will flourish also."***

When we train or equip others to share the load with us, at home, in church or at work, chances are that you will not be burnt-out. For any and everything that is taking a lot of your time, ask yourself:
"Must I handle this myself or can I hand it over to someone else?"

When you know the difference between both, it will make a difference in your life.

*Pat Riley
**Richard Roberts
***The Message

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