2 Samuel 21:15-17
You may have noticed that this lesson comes from the same verses as the last. Well, there is more than one thing we can learn from this passage (which, by the way, is very often the case with God’s word!). In these verses we see King David physically fighting against the Philistines. He is no longer a young man and grows tired in the battle. One of the giants, Ishbi-Benob, was about to take advantage of this and kill David. Fortunately Abishai saw this and killed Ishbi-Benob first. Abishai then told King David that he should not go into the battle anymore because he was too important to risk losing.
There were many young men in Israel who could fight in battles, but only one king. The king had jobs that no one else could do. Yes, he needed to show support and leadership to his soldiers, but the nation need him to be king.
Life is very much this way. God made each of us to do certain tasks. As you get older you may find that there are tasks only you can do, but other tasks that other people in our lives can help us with and do for us. A silly example of this is eating. No one else can eat for you! They can buy the food, prepare the food and even clean up after you eat the food, but only you can do the eating! Leaders need to be careful to not overwhelm themselves with jobs that others can do so they have the energy to do the jobs only they can do. Some day you will be a leader, even if that is only of your own family (a mom or a dad!) but be ready to share the load!
As a family talk about the jobs that need to be done in your home. Which ones do mom and dad have to do? (i.e. pay bills, make purchases) Which ones can you help with (i.e. dishes, clean your room, etc.) Talk about how you share jobs in your home and is everyone doing their fair share based on age and ability?