Counsel

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
— Proverbs 15:22

You may have heard it said “those who fail to plan, plan to fail”… just flying by the seat of your pants and the whims of the world may work for a season, but it’s not a very good way to live your life. I understand that people want to be spontaneous and organic, but never having a plan  takes spontaneity to a whole different level. 

It’s important to note that in this Proverb God is not only telling you and me that we should have a plan, but that our plans should be filled with a multitude of wise counsel. We don’t need to incorporate all counsel into our decisions, but having multiple voices speaking into the process is always a healthy thing. That is to say, we are not going to make everyone happy, in fact getting multiple voices in a room and then making a decision based on those voices guarantees you that someone is not going to be happy, but their voice is necessary anyway. They may not like that you didn't take their ideas, but hopefully they can get past themselves and root you on anyway. 

This proverbs can only be followed by people who decide pleasing God is more important than pleasing everyone else.

When we set up the leadership at One Community we decided specifically to include women into that process… some people think this should not be so, but I believe that men just have too many blind-spots (can I get an Amen ladies) and because of those blind-spots, 10 men in a room does not define “many advisors”. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.” The many advisors in these verses should include people who look and think differently than you because if everyone in the room just agrees with you because they think they should or they think just like you… you have not met the definition of many advisors. Safety is found in hearing out voices different than yours, hearing from people who take a different angle on things than you, and then making plans having heard all of those voices.

Surround yourself with people who will challenge you to re-consider everything, not because you should change anything, rather because if you’re like me experience has forced you to reconsider some things you once held as necessary or true… and I for one am grateful for these experiences… they exposed my blind spots.