The Importance of Counsel
by Janet Perez Eckles
I didn’t listen to her. She warned me. Actually, she insisted on it. But did I listen? No. Then my shoulder started to feel achy and inflamed.
I realized the reason: my keyboard was so worn that the keys were stuck, requiring me to press a lot harder than I should.
Finally, I listened to my very wise friend. Got a new keyboard. Now, as I write this to you, my fingers are happy, my shoulder feels great. And once again, God’s Word echoes what I should have known.
Have you done that, too? Failed to listen to good advice?
- Surround yourself with friends who build you up, who enrich your life and give good counsel. “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel” (Proverbs 27:9 NIV).
- Open your ears, expand your mind and enlarge your territory with many friends and mentors who have been where you are and who are where you want to be. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22 NIV).
- Trust and believe and receive God’s counsel. “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:7-8 NIV).
Whose counsel is guiding you today?
Janet Perez Eckles is an international speaker and author of four books, including Simply Salsa. With engaging stories, its pages invite you to explore the simplicity of overcoming fear to celebrate a triumphant life. Read the first chapter here: www.giftfromjanet.com