In Every Important Decision, Get Advice First

Plans succeed through good counsel;
don’t go to war without wise advice.
Proverbs 20:18
Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
many advisers bring success.
Proverbs 15:22

Many people think asking for help or directions is a sign of weakness. But then they cry for help when they get off course or crash and someone needs to bail them out. Wouldn’t it have been better to get advice in the beginning and avoid the trouble?

Whether you ask before or after, it takes time and often costs money.

  • I’d rather pay a lawyer to help me stay out of court than pay a lawyer to help me fight a court case later.
  • I’d rather pay a fitness and nutrition coach to help me get fit than pay the doctor bills after a heart attack or when I have cancer.
  • I’d rather get spiritual or emotional help now than go on medication later.
  • I’d rather invest a little extra in nurturing a great marriage now, than paying for counseling or (God forbid) a divorce later.
  • I wish young couples would get good pre-marriage counseling rather than living with the pain of dysfunctional marriages and families later.

An important part of planning is to get advice from people who have experience and insights in what we’re facing.

Perhaps we each should write a checklist of what needs to go into a good plan. After all, God says good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.