– An excerpt from TCA Lesson, “Delegate and Empower”
According to legend, Alexander the Great wept when he was told there were no more lands to conquer. This is a risk of seeing ourselves as what we do, instead of who we are. If our career becomes the basis of our self-image, then Delegating becomes a danger. Sharing responsibilities undermines our personal identity. This is especially true for men, who more often define themselves by their work. I run my business, but if others help me run it, what distinguishes me in this world? The fragile borders of self begin to weaken and tear.
Herein lies another Christian Advantage. The peace that surpasses all understanding lies in the realization that we are far more than what we do. We are beloved children of a supremely powerful Creator. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. It matters less what we do, than what He did for us.
A review of the Gospels shows that Jesus believed in Delegating.
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.“ – Luke 9:1 (NIV)
Consider the irony of that passage…the Son of the Living God, the All Powerful Creator of the Universe… relied on peasants and fishermen to carry out His bidding. Not because He couldn’t do it Himself, but because they would be better men and women if He let them do it for Him.