“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
The story is told of two boys who went ice-skating on a rural pond. One skated beyond the boundaries into the danger zone and fell through the ice. His friend, who was quite a bit younger and smaller, saw him thrash around in the icy water and then disappear under the ice. He began frantically trying to break the ice with his skates and his fists, but it wasn’t working.
Then the boy spied a large tree limb at the side of the pond. He ran to it, pulled it to the spot where his friend was trapped under the ice and, amazingly, lifted it over his head and threw it, shattering a hole in the ice so that his friend could get air. Then he pulled his friend of the icy water.
Later, as people marveled at how the smaller boy had been able to lift the huge limb and pull his larger friend from the ice, they asked, “How did you do it?” The older boy who was rescued came up with perhaps the best explanation, “He did it because there was not one there to tell him he couldn’t.
When you must ask for advice, always ask someone who wants you to succeed as much as you do. Otherwise, you may be better off on your own – that way no one can tell you what you can’t do!
Arthur Goldberg said, “If Columbus had had an advisory committee, he would probably still be at the dock.”