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Friday, December 1st, '17

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WHY PLANS GO AWRY

"Without 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 table.

 

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.


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