A few times a year

it would be a good idea to actively seek advice.

Take that big issue you’re wondering about.  The problem or the possibility or just the “hey, what do you think I should I be working on as a person?”

Find three or four people you think are at least as wise as you. Honestly, warts and all, lay the information that you have out in front of them. Ask them for their take on it. Close your mouth, then use both ears. Thank them.  Give it weight and mull it over.

Add all the caveats you want – yes, it’s still your responsibility; bad advice is a possibility; conflicting advice is tricky; “yes men” really exist; some people suffer from analysis paralysis; people maybe offended if you seemingly ignore their advice.

But the humility evoked, the extra brain cells mobilised, the blessing of the Lord upon it and a thousand other factors mean this practice is something that will help you over the long haul.  Really, really help you.

So you’ve already done it once or twice in 2016 right?

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”  Proverbs 12:15


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