Seeking advice from others

By Jeff Smith
Special to The PREVIEW
Two eyes see better than one.
As I drink my coffee this morning, I still marvel at this story about J.R.R. Tolkien, the English writer and university professor who wrote the “The Hobbit” and then the “Lord of the Rings” book series.
Early in his writing he confided to his friend C.S. Lewis he had created these creatures called “Hobbits” and while he rather liked them, he found them boring. Lewis told Tolkien to put his Hobbits in “un-hobbit like situations,” which led to the much-honored series. Where would story lovers be without that short insight?
My Bible wisdom verse this morning is:
“When there is no helping suggestion the people will have a fall, but with a number of wise guides they will be safe.” — Proverbs 11:14 (BBE).
Solomon, the wisest man in the world, tells us to seek advice from someone besides ourselves. Getting advice from many wise folks is even better. None of us are smart enough to think through all of life’s problems. Wise people are humble. When there is a problem they can’t figure out, they get help. It’s safer.
In my closet is a double-handed, double-edged English broad sword modeled after a sword in the “Rings” movies. Scripture also describes itself as a “two edged sword” in Hebrews 4:12.
Like a sword with two edges, the Bible is often best understood as a balance between ideas that seem opposed to each other. God hates evil, but loves people. God accepts me as I am. He changes me to become like Him. A leader must also be a learner and if I want self-reliance, I may have to seek out a few good, quiet folks for advice. The loudest voice is seldom the best.

This story was posted on August 17, 2018.