1 Kings 4&5
As Solomon began to reign, he organized his government. He put specific people in charge of specific things. He set up 12 territorial governors. Each governor was responsible for providing the king’s household with food one month of the year. This way no one region bore the burden unfairly. There was peace and prosperity in the land.
Hiram, King of Tyre, sent messengers to Solomon. He had been a friend to King David and Solomon wisely continued this friendship. The people that Hiram ruled were known to be skilled woodworkers and Solomon made a treaty with Hiram to trade food for timber. Solomon needed a lot of timber because he was preparing to build the temple that his father, David, had dreamed of building.
Solomon also raised up a workforce to go to Lebanon (part of Hiram’s kingdom) to help with the work. 30,000 men were hired but they went in 10,000 men crews. They would go to Lebanon for one month but then go home to their families for 2 months. This way they had enough workers, but the workers were also happy. Wasn’t Solomon smart? A man named Adoniram was in charge of these men.
Solomon also had thousands of people quarrying stone for the temple and selected people to be in charge of the quarrying and transport. Have you notice a pattern? Solomon figured out what needed to be done, then he organized it and put someone in charge. Solomon had many things to oversee, but knew he needed to delegate tasks. Solomon broke up the responsibilities so that no one person was overwhelmed. By sharing the burden the work gets done but no one person gets worn out in the process. If everyone does their share we can all have what we need and have time for fun!
Try an experiment that works great at our house. Do the 15 minute straighten up challenge. Set a timer and have everyone start straightening the house. Have a designated spot for things that each person has to deal with (possibly their chair at the table or their bed). The rule is that if you know where it goes, put it there; otherwise put it in the spot for who it belongs to. As you work through the house, each person periodically works on the stuff in their spot, then goes back to general cleaning. When the timer goes off, everyone stops and you do something fun. The house may not be perfect, but it is better. Everyone helped and everyone gets the benefits. At our house, with everyone really trying we usually run out of things to put away before the timer goes off! After a few times of doing this, most kids see how easy it is (and effective) and don’t complain when asked to do it.