Proverbs 11:14 MSG
"Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances."
Paul had Silas. Timothy had Paul. Moses had Jethro. Joshua had Moses. Samuel had Eli. Esther had Mordecai. Elisha had Elijah. David had Nathan. Ruth had Naomi. The disciples had Jesus ... and list could go on and on.
I see a theme. Wise counsel is demonstrated throughout the Bible. On every level. From the young to the more mature and vise versa. I also notice that once someone has received counsel they intentionally pass it on to the next leader, the next generation, the person next to them and the person behind them. Wise counsel. Today we use the terms 'mentor' and 'pay it forward'.
I too have wise counsel. People I trust, who have more experience than I do in certain areas. I reach out to them for advice, insight and prayer. We discuss different topics and even different points of view. Mentoring can run the gambit; friend to friend, mother to daughter, father to son, woman to woman, guy to guy, pastor to pastor, pastor to friend and back again. Themes can be as diverse as needed: how do I lay flooring to how do I make time for 'me time'; marital advice to gardening; biblical perspectives to computer questions; and (for me!) the always interesting and ever changing topics involved in the everyday lives of women; or as I call it from 'Motherhood to Menopause and Beyond'. (Yes, that was a play on Buzz). I jest, but in reality life changes everyday. Today was different than yesterday and tomorrow will be different than today. The more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances. I don't know about you, but I always want to increase my odds for success.
Without good direction, people lose their way. Why would you want to risk getting lost when you could easily ask for directions?
It's pretty simple, really. Easy peasy. It's kinda like asking Google, Siri, or even Map Quest. The only difference is that you're live and in person.
Just ask! Ask someone for directions. I know there has to be someone. Someone who has gone down this road before. Someone you can talk to. Someone you can discuss things with. Someone who is successful in a certain area. Someone who knows Jesus. Someone to ask: Do you know which way is the best route to take? What should I watch for along the way? Have you ever experienced this? How did you deal with it? What if this happens? What mistakes should I try to avoid? Do you have any recommendations? Ask! You won't know the answer until you ask the question. Remember this. The only bad question is the one you failed to ask.
We should always pray for, look for, and find strategies that work for us and for God. Good sound advice from a more mature Christian. More mature doesn't necessarily mean older, but someone who has a stronger relationship with Jesus. Seek them out and forge a relationship with them. Be mentored and be a mentor to others.
Why risk getting lost? Up your chances for success. Find someone with wise counsel and ask for advice!