In Exodus 18, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, brings Moses’ wife and sons to be with him. We aren’t told why they were with Jethro but I think it is safe to assume Moses left his family with his wife’s father for their protection while he was in Egypt. Now that the children of Israel are safe, Moses’ family is coming to join him.
Jethro is a wise and godly man and while he is there he begins to notice a problem. Moses is spending all day dealing with the people’s problems. Jethro tells Moses that this is bad and gives him some advice. Jethro tells Moses to teach the people the rules of right and wrong and then to appoint leaders of smaller groups. Some in charge of 10, some 50, some 100 and some 1000. The men selected should be honest and trustworthy and then they can handle all the small problems and only bring the big problems to Moses. The children of Israel did this and it worked!
Moses had been trying to do a job that was too big for one person and he needed help! Needing help isn’t failure it just means the job is too big! Is there a job that you need help with? Or is there a job where you help someone else? Both are important. God designed us to need and give help. It is one of the ways we show love to others. Who can you help today?
If your family already has assigned chores, talk about how each person’s contribution (both great and small) makes the huge task of keeping our homes clean more doable. Praise their contributions.
If your family has not assigned chores, consider doing so now. Give each person jobs they are capable of doing (my youngest children started with putting their own clothes in the hamper each day). Talk about how it will help you and watch your children’s sense of accomplishment as they complete each task!