It’s always good to be a willing person, a helping hand. I love those people who are there to serve, help out and give their time to get a task done. They are gold in my eyes.
However I’ve been struck by these verses recently from Exodus 18:17-18. The context is that Moses is leading God’s people and everyone is coming to him to be the solver and answer to their problems. His father-in-law Jethro gives him some sound advice.
“What you are doing is not good. You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you. For the task is too heavy for you, you cannot do it alone”
Moses was a great leader, but he had to learn how to find a way of life that worked and to realise he had taken on too much. We all need a Jethro in our lives to point out there is another way.
There is a limit to what we can with our time and energy. How many relationships we can engage in meaningfully, how many hours in a day and days in a week. There are times when we have to remind ourselves we are human, a finite person. God is the infinite one, the one who can be all things to everyone, he is the one who can be in all places at once, he is the one who never sleeps. We cannot.
Lets be willing to live within our limits both personally and in community and in doing so learn to draw from God’s strength.