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[{"status":"publish","site_id":"1","date":1649030400000,"title":"Wise Counsel","author":"3516125","bible_in_a_year":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+1%E2%80%934%3B+Luke+8%3A1%E2%80%9325\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"bible-in-a-year\" data-label=\"Bible in a Year\">Ruth 1–4; Luke 8:1–25</a>","bible_in_a_year_references":"Ruth 1–4; Luke 8:1–25","bible_in_a_year_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ruth+1%E2%80%934%3B+Luke+8%3A1%E2%80%9325","categories":["Leadership"],"tags":[],"content":"<p>While attending seminary, I was working full-time. Add to that a chaplaincy rotation and an internship at a church. I was busy. When my father visited me, he said, &ldquo;You&rsquo;re going to have a breakdown.&rdquo; I shrugged off his warning thinking he was of another generation and didn&rsquo;t understand goal-setting.</p>\n<p>I didn&rsquo;t have a breakdown. But I did experience a very rough, dry season in which I fell into depression. Since then, I&rsquo;ve learned to listen to warnings&mdash;especially from loved ones&mdash;more carefully.</p>\n<p>That reminds me of Moses&rsquo; story. He too was diligently working, serving as Israel&rsquo;s judge (Exodus 18:13). Yet he chose to listen to his father-in-law&rsquo;s warning (vv. 17&ndash;18). Jethro wasn&rsquo;t in the thick of things, but he loved Moses and his family and could see trouble ahead. Perhaps that&rsquo;s why Moses was able to listen to Jethro and heed his advice. Moses set up a system for &ldquo;capable men from all the people&rdquo; to take on the smaller disputes, and he took the more difficult cases (vv. 21&ndash;22). Because he listened to Jethro, rearranged his work, and entrusted others to shoulder the load, he was able to avoid burnout during that season of life.</p>\n<p>Many of us take our work for God, our families, and others seriously&mdash;passionately even. But we still need to heed the advice of trusted loved ones and to rely on the wisdom and power of God in all we do.</p>\n","excerpt":"<p>While attending seminary, I was working full-time. Add to that a chaplaincy rotation and an internship at a church. I was busy. When my father visited me, he said, &ldquo;You&rsquo;re going to have a breakdown.&rdquo; I shrugged off his warning thinking he was of another generation, and he didn&rsquo;t understand goal-setting.</p>\n<p>I didn&rsquo;t have a breakdown. But I did experience a very rough, dry season in which I fell into depression. Since then, I&rsquo;ve learned to listen to warnings&mdash;especially from loved ones&mdash;more carefully.</p>\n<p>That&rsquo;s what Moses did. He was diligently working, serving as Israel&rsquo;s judge (Exodus 18:13). Yet, he chose to listen to his father-in-law&rsquo;s warning (vv. 17&ndash;18). Jethro had a different perspective than Moses. He wasn&rsquo;t in the thick of things, but he loved Moses and his family. Perhaps that&rsquo;s why Moses was able to listen to Jethro and heed his advice. Moses set up a system for &ldquo;capable men from all the people&rdquo; to take on the smaller disputes and he took the more difficult cases (vv. 21&ndash;22). Because he rearranged his work, listened to Jethro, and entrusted others to shoulder the load, he was able to avoid burnout during that season of life.</p>\n<p>Many of us take our work for God, our families, and others seriously&mdash;passionately even. But we still need to heed the advice of trusted loved ones and to rely on the wisdom and power of God in all we do.</p>\n","insights":"<p>Jethro&rsquo;s advice to Moses in Exodus 18:13&ndash;26 came at a strategic time. At the age of eighty (see Acts 7:23, 30), Moses had spent the previous forty years in relative isolation and anonymity in the Midian desert. Now he found himself the leader of a massive extended family numbering perhaps in the millions&mdash;a far cry from watching his father-in-law&rsquo;s sheep. With the Red Sea behind them and Mount Sinai before them, this was the ideal time for Jethro&rsquo;s counsel. With the provision of the Law as Israel&rsquo;s national constitution, additional layers of leadership would be extremely valuable to Moses and to the people he led.</p>","passage":"<a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+18%3A13%E2%80%9322\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"passage\" data-label=\"Scripture Passage\">Exodus 18:13–22</a>","passage_url":"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+18%3A13%E2%80%9322","passage_reference":"Exodus 18:13–22","response":"<p>Whose voice can you trust to remind you to serve wisely? What mechanisms do you have in place to avoid burnout? When did you implement them last?</p>","thought":"<p>Almighty God, thank You for allowing me to serve You in many ways. As I passionately care for others, teach me to also work wisely so that I&rsquo;ll have energy to do what You want me to do.</p>","verse":"<p>The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. <a href=\"https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+18%3A18\" rel=\"nofollow\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"scripture reference verse\" class=\"scripture-link\" data-category=\"scripture-link\" data-action=\"verse\" data-label=\"Key Verse\">Exodus 18:18</a></p>\n","meta":"[object Object]","insight_question":"","author_name":"Katara Patton","slug":"wise-counsel-2","insights_author":"31","insights_author_id":"31","shareable_image":"https://d626yq9e83zk1.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/02/09143447/share_odb_2022-04-04.jpg","email_image_url":"https://d626yq9e83zk1.cloudfront.net/ebread/dailyimages/odbdevo_20220404e.jpg","audio_url":"https://dzxuyknqkmi1e.cloudfront.net/odb/2022/04/odb-04-04-22.mp3","brandName":"Our Daily Bread","preheader_text":"While attending seminary, I was working full-time. Add to that a chaplaincy rotati...","sku_listname":"EEN100","brand_logo_url":"https://odb.org/wp-content/themes/odbm-base-ourdailybread/images/odb_logo.svg","language":"en_US","date_id":1649030400000}]