“But how can I carry, all by myself, your troubles and burdens and quarrels? So select some wise, understanding, and seasoned men from your tribes, and I will commission them as your leaders.” Deuteronomy 1:12-13 (MSG)
Throughout the journey I’ve been in various positions of leadership. It started when I was elected Captain of the Woodlawn Elementary School Safety Patrol. I still remember getting the little Captain’s badge to put on my bright orange safety patrol belt as I went out to the corner of Madison and Lower Beaver to hold up my arms and direct students safely across the street.
With all of the leadership opportunities I’ve had since then, I can still scarcely imagine the task Moses faced. Some 600,000 men, their families and herds all wandering from campsite to campsite and Moses was the lone voice of leadership. I can’t imagine the daily burden that he faced. It is no wonder that circumstance drove Moses and the people to develop a structure of governance.
Today I’m reminded that even in the beginning of the story God said it was not good to be alone. It still holds true, even in daily life, corporate life, spiritual life, and family life. We need companions for the journey to share in the burden and ease the load. We need others to provide both encouragement and accountability. Going it alone is risky business.