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THE DANGER OF DETAILS

Administration constitutes another type of work for which a head is responsible. In this regard he should commit some tasks to others and reserve some to himself. As much as possible, however, he should avoid and excuse himself form any superfluous duties. Thus Christ put his disciples, including Judas, in charge of obtaining the material necessities of life, while he personally retained the duty of preaching and healing. But when he was asked to divide an inheritance among several heirs, he answered, "Who made me a judge or divider over you?" (Luke 12:13-14).

A good head delegates purely administrative responsibilities to others as much as possible. The ordinary necessities of life must indeed be taken care of, but a head who takes charge of them himself risks losing sight of the more important, nobler part of his job. In his mind's eye he will tend to see less of the interior realities that are more necessary for salvation.

We see this in Scripture: "Choose able men from all the people, ...

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