“They prosper in all they do.” Ps 1:3 NLT
The first Psalm in the Bible talks about the dangers of getting the wrong counsel, listening to the wrong voices, and mixing with the wrong people. “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” (vv. 1-3 NLT). Implicit in the word “prosper” is stability, nourishment, productivity, strength, durability, and success. So pick your friends carefully and prayerfully, because those closest to you can have the ability to make you or break you. Qualify any advisor before he or she speaks into your life. Make sure they are: (1) people of integrity; (2) people of faith; (3) people with influence; (4) people with complementary gifts; (5) people who share your vision; (6) people who are loyal; (7) people who are creative. If you look for these seven qualities in those who advise you, there’s every chance you’ll succeed in what you’ve been called to do. And be sure to get God’s input. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’” (Isa 30:21 NIV). Make sure the goals and plans you’ve set are in harmony with God’s will for you. Because if they’re not, having the best counselors in the world won’t help you one bit.