Wise Advice (9 of 9) by Jeff Strite
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Series: Moses and Friends
OPEN: Back in the 90's there was a president of was a president of Harvard University named Neil Rudenstine. Now, one of the major roles of college president is to raise money for the institution so they can pay the salaries and other financial responsibilities of the organization. And Neil Rudenstine was very good at meeting that need. For three years - since he became the school's president - he methodically raised a $1 million a day for Harvard..
The reason he was so successful was that he was passionate about every facet of his job. He focused on both the big and small things in the college. Besides spending twelve hours a day on a demanding job, he fretted banquet menus, argued about his $10-15 medical co-pay and, wrote notes to the football coach, the editors school newspaper, the various staff as well as the dorm house masters.
But one morning in November, he overslept and just couldn't manage to make himself go to work. When he went to the doctor, he was diagnosed with "severe fatigue and exhaustion." The directors insisted he took an indefinite leave of absence to recover.
So he did.
And he didn't return for the next seven days.
In fact, he didn't return for the next seven weeks.
In fact, he spent the next seven months recovering from his fatigue. (Courtesy of Victor Yap Sermoncentral.com based on stories from Newsweek 3/6/95, U.S. News and World Report 12/12/94)
APPLY: Watching Moses put in long hours day after day, Jethro said to him: "What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone." Exodus 18:17b-18
When Moses led the people of God out of Egypt there were at least 600,000 men with their wives and children (Exodus 12:37). And all day long, every day for several weeks, he's been in the desert with these people and he has constantly been judging thei ...
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