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The Story I'll Tell Day 8

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Scripture: Exodus 18:17-24  Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good.  You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.  Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.  But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.  Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you.  If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.” Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.

Devotional: What’s the story that your life will tell?  The decisions you make today will determine the story you tell tomorrow . This week’s devotionals will center around a decision to stop something in your life that will greatly impact the story you’ll be able to tell at the end of your life. 

We learn in today’s passage to stop trying to do it all!  Those are the words of wisdom that Moses’ father-in-law gave to him. You’ll burn out and be good to no one. 

Even though the work Moses was doing was good work, his father-in-law had the wisdom to tell him what he was doing was NO good. Because in the end, it was simply too much. It was poor leadership and poor stewardship. 

So Moses heeded his father in law’s wise advice. He stopped trying to do it all himself and began to delegate his tasks. Everyone was better for it, and God was able to do more through them all than ever before.

The same holds true for you.  Chances are, there are things you are doing currently that you need to stop.  Sure, they’re probably good things.  But they will eventually burn you out and keep you from being able to tell the story that God most intends for you to tell. 

Take a lesson from Moses and heed God’s words of wisdom.

Reflect:

  • What is it that you need to stop doing in order to be a better steward and leader of the life God has given you?

The Story I'll Tell Day 7

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Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Devotional: If you think about the life of faith as a marathon, a race of endurance and persistence, how is your race going? This passage is a such a great encouragement for you as a follower of Jesus Christ because it gives great insight to those things that must be done to not only endure the race, but to finish it well; to win. 

  • Consider those who have gone before you
  • Throw off all sinful things that weigh you down
  • Keep persevering and follow the course set before you
  • Fix your eyes on Jesus and emulate the race He ran

These will keep you running steadfast until your race is run.  When you start to grow weary, fix your eyes on Jesus.  When sin starts to entangle you, throw it off. And every step you take will deliver you to your final destination where Jesus will say, “well done.”

Don’t give up weary one.  Your race is worth running, your story worth telling.

Reflect:

  • Which of the initiatives listed above do you most need to start?

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