Thursday, March 3, 2016

Daily Devotion for Day 20 of Lent 2016

Scripture Reading: Exodus 18 (NRSV)

Making decisions where one side is going to be disappointed
can be exhausting!  Most parents find this out quickly.
You are going to wear yourself out!

This is essentially what Jethro says to Moses when he realizes that Moses is trying to oversee the problems and conflicts of all his people.

Jethro advises Moses to employ junior officers or minor government officials depending on how you want to look at it.  In any event, it is organization to keep the minor problems from overwhelming the leadership.

There are times in our own lives when we feel overwhelmed.  We need help organizing and prioritizing the most important things.  Sometimes we need permission to dismiss the minor things as well.  Problems can arise when we major in the minors.  What I mean by this is that we can spend all our time on a minor issue because we know what to do about it.  And so we ignore the larger issue because we may not know where to begin.

For the really large things, we may need to spend some quiet time in prayer with God over these issues.  Prayer may help to lead us to the correct action or it may give our anxiety the quieting that it needs for us not to feel overwhelmed.  Sometimes we just need the strength to begin.

It is likely that if you are not experiencing something large in your life that you know someone who is.  Whether it is your own or someone else's, take a few moments in prayer for this difficulty.

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  1. Seems that sometimes figuring out the difference between major and minor is the major problem. Thanks again for this blog, pastor.

  2. Yes, discernment about this is important. We may often go with what we know to do where what is really needed is creativity and the risk to try something new. I can state this because I'm as guilty as the rest!