"Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances."
i've been stuck in the book of Proverbs for the past few days, and have been reminded of some great stuff. i wholeheartedly agree that wise counsel is always good to search out. however, my struggle is that i tend to search for approval from others, instead of trusting God. there was one difficult decision in particular that took me almost a year to finally trust God with, and obey what i felt him asking me to do. that was a rough year. freedom came almost immediately when i obeyed. i had sought out what i thought to be wise counsel. but it wasn't until i obeyed that things turned for the better. so i suppose there is always a good balance to be had here. there's no substitute for action and obedience though.