Book: Proverbs 24
“Don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.”
There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” There may be times in life when going alone is the necessary way of moving forward but when it comes to major decisions that require outlay of resources, energy and risk it is best to get a group of wise advisers involved. The insight these people have through their own experience, training and studying God’s word will both provide protection and direction.
When purchasing a home one needs to have reliable advisers to help. Before one transfers their hard earned money (or the bank’s money through a mortgage) there are several factors that need to be considered. There are people who can help in all of these areas:
1) How much of a mortgage can be afforded? – Mortgage Broker and Financial Adviser can help.
2) What house should be purchased? – Realtor can analyze what you are looking for.
3) Are there any problems with the house – House Inspector can give a report outlining any issues.
4) Are there any liens on the house and what about the legal title transfer? Lawyer looks after it.
5) How can the inside of the house be changed to better suit our needs and desires? An Interior designer can provide ideas and costs.
As you can see, unless you are already an expert in these areas, it is wise to seek out experienced advisers to help.
Those in leadership also need to seek wise advice. Often the farther one rises in leadership the lonelier it becomes. As a leader there is often information that is confidential but at the same time a decision needs to be made. The temptation is to make the decision on their own without any input. It is crucial that the leader seeks advice from those who will both be able to provide guidance as well as be able to not communicate to others critical information. A team of people the leader can consult with will save money, time, and lower any risks.
In life, whether we are parents wanting to raise our children well or trying to start a business that succeeds or desiring a deeper walk with the Lord, we need the input of other people who will walk with us. I encourage you to consider who is on your personal team of advisers that provides both protection and direction? Is there an area that you need to seek help in to strengthen decisions?