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Are You All Things to All People?

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.  Exodus 18:18 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.The load was getting to be more than I could handle. Juggling too many responsibilities while trying to please everyone and attend to their needs was draining the life out of me.

Life can be demanding and stressful. It pulls us in a gazillion different directions while we try to accommodate every demand, handle every situation, and do everything ourselves. But we can’t … at least not for long.

The truth is, none of us are superheroes. We all have talents and abilities, but we also have limitations. That’s why we need each other.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV) says two are better than one. But most of the time, we’re much too embarrassed or prideful to ask for help. The Message puts it this way: It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough!

When Moses was responsible for the children of Israel, his task was overwhelming—especially with all the whining, complaining, and petty issues he had to deal with on a daily basis. The weight of doing everything by himself became more than he could handle. He tried to be all things to all people … all the time. But it didn’t work.

It couldn’t work because that was not what God intended. Moses’ father-in-law came to the rescue when he suggested asking for help and delegating authority. The plan worked well, and Moses was able to resume his rightful, God-given duties as leader.

If you have too much on your plate and you’re trying to do it all by yourself, stop and look around. Ask for help. God has put people in your life who are willing to come alongside and take up the slack. They will ease your burden and help you carry the load.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an author, freelance editor, workshop leader, and writing mentor with a passion to encourage other writers and help them sharpen their skills. She is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Andrea has been published online and in numerous anthologies. She is the author of Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard, The Gift and Praying for the Prodigal. For more information or to contact her, visit www.andreamerrell.com or www.thewriteediting.com.


  1. Thanks for the reminder Andrea. Sometimes I hesitate to ask for help when others would be willing and glad to assist.