15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Have you ever been lost? Once when I was around 6 or 7 years old I got lost. We were camping and it was night time and I had gone to the restroom. When I left the restroom, I turned the wrong way out of the building and headed out through the campground in the opposite direction of where I should have been going. I couldn’t find our campsite anywhere and I just kept walking and searching and getting further away and more afraid. Never once did I stop to ask for help. Never would I admit that I was lost. It must have been an hour later when I finally heard my dad’s voice calling for me as he came looking for me. On my own, I was lost. I needed direction. I needed to hear and to follow my dad’s voice back to safety.

That’s the life of those who think they can go it alone. I have to say that I am more of the fool that the wise when it comes to asking for help. So often I try to do it on my own. I’m horrible at asking for help and even when it is offered I struggle to take people up on it. The lie that is behind this for me is that I am only loved if I am perfect and I’m not perfect if I need help. The horrible thing about that lie that drives me is that it keeps me from the very thing that I’m seeking. Love.

What keeps you from asking for help?

God did not make us perfect. He made us perfectly imperfect. And God did not make us to be alone. “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Gen. 2:18. We are called to be in fellowship with other believers. We are called to do life together. We need each other and we need God. That’s the way He designed us. We operate best when we are in community.

The wise listen to the advice of others. The wise know that they don’t have all the answers. The wise ask for help. And the wise ask for directions. “in a multitude of counselors there is safety” Prov. 24:6.