Jumping into a full-time internship here at SoHills, I tried to do everything. I tried to be at every church event, every football practice, every football game, school lunches every week… I tried to make my presence be known everywhere.
I thought I was doing the right thing.
Instead, I became exhausted and unhappy.
My priorities were all messed up. I put too much value on what others thought; about the public image of “SoHills Intern Tucker Musick.” I knew expectations were high and I didn’t want to let anyone down.
But the truth is I can’t do everything for everyone.
In Exodus 18, the Israelites had just left Egypt and Moses was leading them through the wilderness. At this time, Moses had been doing absolutely everything! Moses and I had a very similar mentality: the mentality of “I.”
- I have to do this.
- I have to be here.
- I have to be at this event.
- Only I can do it.
Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.” “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. – Exodus 18:15-18
When we have this mind-set, we are acting as the Savior, instead of His ambassador or representative. Our actions could be pointing to our own need for man’s approval or a lack of trust in the power of the Spirit in others. Ultimately, we will wear ourselves out and fail miserably. That is why Paul calls us “the body of Christ,” because we all work together (Ephesians 4:12, see also Colossians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Romans 12:5). Not one part of the body can do everything; a Lead Pastor can’t be at every wedding, every surgery, every birth, every funeral. He simply can’t do everything. And intern, who is still learning, certainly can’t do everything either. We are brothers and sisters united through Christ, and we must lean into each other for support, encouragement, and love as we carry out the call to to make disciples together.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. – Ecclesiastes 4:9