You Can’t Do It Alone

day 67 Bible Reading Challenge

(pssst…Yesterday’s What’s in the Bible? giveaway is still open!- last day!)

Hey there Bible Challenge Readers! We made it to Friday and we’re checking in today.  Will you please let me know how you are doing?  Let’s keep one another encouraged!

Recently I’ve been reflecting on community and how important it is. I began the Bible Reading Challenge because I felt God telling me to AND because I need you.


In all my writing about faith and technology, as well observing the behaviors of people in community environments, I’ve drawn a conclusion:

You can do anything God wants you to do- but you can’t do it alone. <—Click to tweet

In Exodus 18, the Bible introduces us to Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. I’m doubting whether or not Jethro has ever been voted “Favorite Bible Character.” In fact, I wonder if many people even know that his name is in the Bible. But no matter his popularity vote, Jethro assessed a situation and offered a critical piece of advice.

You see, Jethro came to Moses from Midian and brought Moses’ wife and two sons to him.  After the huge celebratory family reunion, post-Red Sea miracle, the next day Moses was back to business. He sat as the judge of the people and they crowded around him from morning to evening.

When Jethro asks Moses why, Moses replies that he is settling disputes.  Jethro then shakes his head over the matter.  The ESV gives his words as:  “What you are doing is not good.”  He further says: “You are not able to do it alone.” Then he outlines a plan for Moses to follow that strategically includes setting up leadership according to the number of people.  The big issues were brought to Moses, but the smaller ones the leaders settled within their jurisdictions.

If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace. Ex. 18:23

And that is precisely what happened.

In order to follow through with God’s plan for your life, you can’t do it alone.

You first need Him.

And then you need others.

You might be able to keep going for a while on your own… but in order to endure,

you need community.

I need you- you need me. Just the way God made it to be.

How do you feel about relying on God? How do you feel about relying on others?


I have a post at The Better Mom today- 20 Ways to Renew Your Energy. Be sure to head over there! (Post live Fri. morn.)






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  1. Christina Beebe says:

    Yay! I made check in before midnight! Getting better with the checking in on time! I hope everyone had as BLESSED a week as I did! May we all be blessed with our bible reading!

  2. Nancy Miller says:

    Checking in and up with the schedule! THANKFUL for my Bible Reading Challenge family! You are all an encouragement to me! Have a wonderful weekend and I hope the sun and Son is shining where ever you are. Abundant blessings!

    1. So very thankful for you, Nancy! I’ve got 2 for 2 on the sun and Son today. 🙂 🙂

  3. Hi Rachel! I just started your Bible challenge a few days ago. I usually do not do Bible reading programs because, frankly, I always fail. 🙁 I have been struggling with what to read in the Bible lately and just settling in various places. When I saw your challenge the other day, I became very interested. I like the fact that it is the Old and New Testament each day and not multiple chapters in a row. It seems more doable somehow. Anyway… we’ll see if I can keep it going each day. Thanks for doing it! 🙂

    1. hooray! You can do it. Little at a time with a cheering squad of believers alongside you. 🙂

    2. Christina Beebe says:

      Lisa – I will be praying for you to make it through!

      1. Thanks Rachel and Christina! 🙂

  4. D. Curliss says:

    We just went over a series in church called the “Lego Effect”. We are a lego piece. When we connect with God on top an then to others, our possibilities are endless!

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