One of the crosses in the aging process is not being able to do in a day what was easily done when younger. Recently, a retired friend told me she’d offered to take the responsibility for making arrangements for a dinner her sister was having. Too late, it came to her how big a task it was—it would wear her to a frazzle. Wisely, she thought of her teenage grandkids and asked, “How would you like to help me?” They willingly obliged. She portioned out tasks, and the project was done quickly and done well. Most importantly, they had a good time working together! The lesson learned? Delegate!
Today we see an example of delegating in the early Church. The apostles were consumed with spreading the Good News—so much so that the needs of the Hellenistic widows were not being met. They solved the problem by delegating “seven reputable men” to take on the task. They would become the first deacons.
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