20Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. 21Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:20-21)
If you missed the comments on Creation yesterday, you missed something special. The good thing is the comments are still there for your review. Today we consider another not-so-popular Discipline – the Spiritual Discipline of seeking counsel from others. Alicia has a question for Libby on the subject.
As a reminder, you will play the part of Libby and share your thoughts on the challenges people are facing. Libby is not expected to be an expert. Rather, Libby simply shares from personal and practical experiences. So, please feel free to chime in even if you have questions yourself. Also, even if you don’t have the time to share, think about how you have addressed the challenge in your life or how you would address it in the life of a loved one.
Please review the Bible passage above and Alicia’s challenge below.
Writing to you for advice today is very awkward because my challenge is that I avoid seeking counsel. I don’t mind seeking advice on minor things like getting directions, or on major things like medical advice from a doctor. However, when I am faced with some major life challenges, I tend to go it alone even when the answer is not at all clear. I have given some thought to why I act so independently, and I think the fundamental issues are trust and control. One I find it hard to give (trust), and the other I find it hard to give up (control).
Lately I have been feeling like I am robbing myself of a key part of my Christian experience by not seeking counsel from wise people around me more often. What are your views Libby?
Seeking counsel (and it feels weird),
What thoughts would you like to share with Alicia?