December 1st, '17
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PLANS GO AWRY
counsel, plans go awry..." (Proverbs 15:22 NKJV)
The Authorized Version says that without
counsel "purposes are disappointed" but I really like what the NKJV says, that
men's "plans go awry". The Hebrew word would be better translated as
"frustrated". Why do plans get frustrated, disappointed? Why do ideas that seem
so perfect at first end up skewed, twisted or awry? First, inherent in the text
it says there is a LACK OF COUNSEL. The rest of that verse says that "in the
multitude of counselors" plans are "established". I would think it common sense
for the restaurateur to ask a few customers, "Does our vegetable medley taste
good?" If it doesn't then add some hollandaise sauce. Holding on to a value
because you think it is right and everyone else is wrong thins out the customer
base real quick. Now if that value is clearly in the Bible clutch it with all
your might but the inflexibility that says "we never did it that way before" is
a recipe for failure. Listen to other voices. King Arthur had a broad round
Second, many plans go awry for LACK OF COURAGE.
Great plans often require great pains. The novel approach may buck the system.
Creativity has always had its critics. Walking on the water takes guts. I know
you don't have enough capital to open that business. You are walking alone with
God. The banker wants a proven track record. The investors want a spread sheet
they can look at. It's a question of counsel, second, courage.
Third, plans go awry for LACK OF COUNTING.
Jesus spoke a parable about a man who started to build a tower but did not
"count the cost" to see whether he had the wherewithal to finish what he
started (Luke 14:28). Don't allow counting, or counsel for that matter, rob you
of courage. The three are intertwined. But people do need to count the cost.
Young couples need to project. Take a look at your mother-in-law to be when she
first gets up in the morning. That is what today's princess will look like in
twenty-five years, and likewise for the knight in shining armor. Put pen to
paper. Calculate before you percolate, or as your parents used to warn, look
before you leap.
Finally, I think a lot of plans go awry for
LACK OF COUTH - counsel, courage, counting and couth. It may be the best T-bone
in town but if it is served on a garbage can lid appeal will vanish in an
instant. Your pastor may be a gifted orator but if his shirttail hangs out or
he stares at the back wall while preaching there will be an obvious audience
disconnect. That applies to any endeavor. I was having some trousers fit for a
hem job yesterday when the seamstress's poodle rubbed up against my pant leg
shedding white hair on my new suit pants. Have fun cuffing that pair; I won't
be back. She may be a master with needle and thread but the expertise I wanted
was her needle, not her poodle. Sorry poodle lovers. And for you mechanics out
there, please keep your grease off the steering wheel. Fifty-dollars an hour is
enough for changing parts; you don't have to leave fingerprints. That may not
matter to some people but we're talking about long term success. It demands a
certain amount of couth. Solomon understood that concept nearly thirty
centuries ago and I don't think his logic has changed in all that time.