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An act of faith

An act of faith in others.

Something to read

Moses’ father-in-law said to him,“What you are doing is not good. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone." Moses chose able men from all Israel and appointed them as heads over the people, as officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. And they judged the people at all times; hard cases they brought to Moses, but any minor case they decided themselves.

- Exodus 18:25-27 .

Something to think about

There is no gain in burning oneself out. To delegate is to do more than relieve one’s own workload: it is an act of faith in others. This is not always easy to do and most of us will have failed at some time to show that faith. But working together with others is part of our own growth as well as theirs. This is not a setting aside of expertise. Some difficult cases were brought to Moses and it is reasonable to believe that those who felt the need for advice would have learned from his wisdom – a wisdom they could use in their turn to build communities that would be wise and just for all.

Trusting relationships are at the heart of Christian Aid’s work.

Something to do

Read Christian Aid’s  global strategy

Something to pray

Help us to share knowledge in humility and work together in trust.

Today’s contributor is Jill Segger. Quaker, writer, journalist and associate director of the thinktank Ekklesia, at the time of writing.