Casual friendships will come and go depending upon circumstances in life. Yet, everyone needs at least one permanent meaningful lasting relationship to get you through hardship, struggles and trials. Unfortunately, some choose to become lone rangers, wandering through life alone.
When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”- Exodus 18:14
After leading Israel out of Egypt into the wilderness, Moses fell prey to this mindset. Serving as the supreme judge, Moses worked from sun up to sun down, about sixteen hours a day. During a visit from his father in law, Jethro made an obvious observation, “what you are doing is not good.” Jethro’s advice was to train other judges, then delegate basic and simple cases to these men. The decision to alter his course prevented Moses from living a life without relationships.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,” Luke 10:41-42.
Unfortunately, I have a tendency to follow in Moses’ footsteps, trying to do everything on my own. Anyone who continues down this path is destined to become burned out or overwhelmed. Some refer to this as the Martha complex, when you are so consumed with day to day chores you forget to enjoy the people God has blessed you with. Heed the wise words of Jethro so that you don’t live a life without relationships.
by Jay Mankus