The ONE THING for today

Heroes need not apply

  • Genesis 22:6 (NKJV) So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son

We all know people who will not take responsibility for anything. Then there’s the gad-about who will lay down right beside you and take a nap while you tackle a mountain of work.

However, having said that, it is my experience that most people are just the opposite—they try to be heroes, grimly shouldering way more responsibility than they should.

Maybe it was Abraham’s age (he had reached the point where he knew he couldn’t do it all) or maybe he was trying to teach Isaac responsibility; we may never know, but one thing is sure, Abraham had the good sense to lay part of the burden on someone else.

Laying part of the burden on someone else requires humility; it requires admitting you don’t have unlimited strength, resources, and abilities.

It also requires courage. Most people are like you, they are not looking for more to do. I’m sure Isaac was not thrilled at the fact of having to lug logs up a mountain, but it was the right thing to do and thus Abraham laid the wood on his son’s shoulders.

Finally, sharing the burden with someone is rewarding for it means they will also share in the rewards and credit and that is a good thing for true success is knowing you have helped others succeed.

Bottom line, you are not meant to be the savior of the world, that was reserved for only one Person and He accomplished the task par excellence.

So the ONE THING for today is: Have the humility and courage to lay upon others a fair share of the load.


Matthew 11:28-29 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.


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