Trusting Wise People

“Plans fail for the lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22 NIV

Back in my youth I had a lot of plans, visions, and ideas, but I became reluctant to share them due to people laughing, teasing, or making fun of me. Later in life it became evident that I was a visionary or good at casting vision. It was a gift and part of my make up, but I still held back due to the lack of confidence and influence.

Years later my brother and I started a business, and I gave a presentation to a flourishing company. After that meeting the business owner took me aside and said to me, “you are one amazing presenter.” He told me he loved the idea I presented and wanted to be a part of our organization. Mostly, he wanted to counsel me to give me advise and constructive criticism about our plan. This excited me and built my confidence immensely. Twenty years later that man still influences me today.  

Plans and ideas are good but if we don’t share them to get someone else’s perspective and wisdom we will most likely set ourselves up for failure. I think it is imperative to follow the wise counsel of the writer in Proverbs 15:22. Seek good, wise, and trustworthy advisers so that your plans succeed. Wisdom is found in other people’s life experiences. 

“Igniting” your day, 

JR Pittman
Pastor | Evangelist

JR Pittman is a Motivational Speaker, the Lead Pastor of Ignite Fellowship Church, and the President and On-Air Host of Ignite Radio. Learn more at