For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.
We live in an individualistic culture. The mark of success is to ‘do it yourself’. The ‘self-made person’ is highly esteemed. But, there is a dirty little lie embedded in this… the ‘do it yourself’ success story often includes the assistance, advice, and mentoring of others. If you read all the ‘great’ biographies of ‘self-made’ Americans, they often rose to the peak of their performance because they listened to the wise counsel of others.
Too many of us think being ‘self-made’ means not to rely on the wisdom or advice of others. But, when we try to do it on our own… we find that we make the same stupid mistakes everyone else makes (everyone else who has tried to do it on their own).
True success… true wisdom… is achieved when we LISTEN to the experience of others.
Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22)