“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).

Spiritually, relationally, professionally…I’ve never done anything of worthwhile significance that I didn’t seek wide counsel. Before becoming a Christian, I sought the counsel of those I considered to be the embodiment of life in Christ. Their input gave me the courage to “take the plunge.” The same held true when contemplating the call to vocational ministry.

When speaking to students about dating relationships, a key indicator of a healthy relationship is one that is open to the scrutiny and investigation of friends and family who are mature Christians. Only unhealthy relationships are veiled, secretive, and cause us to become upset when examined and questioned by others.

Professionally, the wide counsel of trusted Christian friends, who may better recognize our strengths and weaknesses, can be an invaluable resource when opportunities are set before us.

When facing big decisions, don’t be afraid to ask.

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