The Art of Delegation

The Art of Delegation

“You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” (Exo 18:18 NASB)

Are you working long hours, tired, irritable, and not spending enough time with your family? This is not compulsory for success. God has said that His burden is light and that He has come so that we may life—life to the fullest.

God will provide you with the resources you need to accomplish the task He has set for you. Are there people in your business you are not delegating to? Do you need to be across all that detail? Can you not trust those around you? If your view is that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself, then stop because you are on the road to trouble, both for yourself and for those around you.

Look at what you have to do, and give away all you can. If you trust others to deliver, you may well be surprised at the outcome—in a good way.

Be very clear on your desired outcome. Make sure your employees are well resourced, and let them loose. You may well be unlocking their God-given talent. The people you always wanted may already be with you.

Quick Prayer: Lord, help me unload what You never intended me to carry. Amen.

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Inspection

Inspection

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks; give careful attention to your herds.” (Pro 27:23)

Whether we are in business, have some authority in the work place, or just have financial oversight over our own income, one thing is very important. In the business of work and life, we can get carried away with all we are doing.

How is your financial state? Do you know what you spend and what your costs are? Do you know what your future requirements may be? Are your investments wisely placed? Are you putting away enough to retire? Are you reducing your debt?

In short, what is coming in, what is going out, and how much do you have? Discipline and robust management of our finances personally or in business can be a painful process to monitor, but monitor it we should.

Quick Prayer: Let my books be in order as a reflection of Your order. Amen.

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Priority

“Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.” (Pro 24:27)

There is a lot of wisdom in this one very short verse. When we approach a new problem or situation, we have to ascertain the priorities. In this case, the part of the required solution is productive and will ensure the secondary outcome.

If the fields are planted and the income is assured, then time and resources can be allocated to building the house. If the approach is the opposite, the house may well be built but with no food and resources, and disaster would ensue. The outcome could well be the loss of the house.

These two outcomes—failure and success—came from the same set of resources in the same situation with the same people; the only differentiator was the priorities set.

Quick Prayer: I see Your priorities, Lord. Help me to align my life to them. Amen.

Little by Little.

“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” (Pro 13:11)

Those get rich quick schemes draw people in because the desire to get wealth outweighs their common sense of testing an opportunity. The old saying is that if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

If we take shortcuts in how we earn, whether that is in overcharging, having an inferior product, dodging taxes, or not paying our creditors, God will not honor our income. It becomes fleeting and fragile, built on an unsure foundation.

When we do it right, earn an honest income, and invest wisely, it may seem to be little by little, but you will build a solid foundation that God will look at and cause to grow.

Quick Prayer: Keep me away from the quick fix and illusion of fast money. Amen.