Focus And Delegate
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
– Acts 6:1-4 (NIV)
One of the major sources of stress, burnout and guilt is the feeling that we did not do something that seemed important!
How many times have people tried to make you feel guilty about not coming for an event or not helping out in one way or the other? Don’t get me wrong, It is a wonderful thing to be a blessing in as many ways as possible but to do this at the expense of your health and family is not right.
Consider the verse of scriptures above. The disciples were faced with a serious challenge that could have affected the very unity of the early church but they had to accept their limitations and focus their strength in the place they considered critical for them.
We all have our critical success points, otherwise called ‘sweet spot’ and these are the places we must concentrate our strengths on.
To accomplish this, we must be willing to accept that as wonderful and endued with grace as we are, we are still human and have certain limitations.
We must be humble enough to acknowledge that we need help from others and not be too proud to share some of our so-called responsibilities.
The Apostles decided to concentrate on the Word and Prayers but opened their hearts to the idea of others taking on other responsibilities. We must learn this.
Choose the very critical areas of your life and give it more of your time and energy. For married folk, one of this is should be your family. Try not to be such a blessing outside to others and neglect your home. Let your family ‘feel’ you.
For single folks, it could be a relationship, a service or ministry effort, a career, something, anything noble.
As you do this be sure that God will honor the Integrity of your motives and ensure that the other areas you have seemingly ‘left behind’ will receive adequate attention from another of His many Sons, Daughters, and Angels.
Learn to live off the tables! An African proverb says if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together.
Dear Lord God Almighty, deliver me from sheer emotionalism. I receive grace to focus on the most critical aspects of my life, ministry, and business. I receive wisdom to delegate appropriately. With you, I succeed. In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name I pray. Amen.