Scripture Reading: Exodus 18:13-18
SO WHEN MOSES’ FATHER-IN-LAW SAW ALL THAT HE DID FOR THE PEOPLE, HE SAID, “WHAT IS THIS THING THAT YOU ARE DOING FOR THE PEOPLE? WHY DO YOU ALONE SIT, AND ALL THE PEOPLE STAND BEFORE YOU FROM MORNING UNTIL EVENING? – EXODUS 18:14
The expression “to carry the weight of the world on one’s shoulders” comes from the story of Atlas in Greek mythology.
Atlas took part in the war between the Titans and the Olympians. When the Titans lost the war, Atlas was condemned to stand at the western edge of the earth and hold the sky on his shoulders.
Many people behave like Atlas and try to carry more than they can handle. Leaders are not meant to monopolise work. Jethro came to visit his son-in-law, Moses, and met him in a sorry state, inundated with work and burdened under an extremely inefficient justice delivery system.
The people stood in queues from morning to evening while he sat alone judging every single matter. His obvious excuse must have been either that He didn’t have the people to help or that the nature of each case required his personal involvement. The net effect was that he was left exhausted while the people felt frustrated at the laborious process.
Some people have the erroneous impression that doing everything by themselves is an indication of their importance or indispensability. How unfortunate! The true mark of great leadership is in sharing the burden, empowering others to get involved and multiplying the results.
The work suffers when you try to do it all by yourself. Instead of commendation, the message from Jethro in Exodus 18:17 to every ‘one-man show or one-woman show leader is that the thing you are doing is not good. When you divide the effort, you multiply the results.
LORD, GRANT ME THE WISDOM TO ALWAYS EMPOWER OTHERS AROUND ME.
Source: Dr.Mensa Otabil.