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Who’s In Your Bullpen?

In baseball, the bullpen refers to a designated area where a team’s relief pitchers warm up before playing in the game.  It can also refer to the relief pitchers themselves.  These particular pitchers are brought in to “relieve” the starting pitcher before he gets gassed or loses throwing control.

Without a proper supply of relievers, a game can go south without any way to get it back on track.  Likewise, with a well stocked bullpen a team has plenty of options for maintaining the upper-hand when a game is in their favor.

Wise Counsel

What is true for baseball is also true for life.  Proverbs 15:22 says, “without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.”  In other words, without a bullpen of go-to advisers we are likely to either make foolish decisions or fail to capitalize on opportunities.  

Take career choices for example.  A friend of mine, and leader in our church, graduated from college a few years back with a degree in physics and had plenty of options.  He could have chosen to get another degree, gone back to his hometown where things were comfortable, get a job as a physicist making good money or become a high school science teacher in a low income school so that he could serve the church.  He chose to serve the church.

This guy had a few ways to grow spiritually elsewhere and most of his other career opportunities were much more appealing.  Instead of pressuring himself to make such a heavy decision on his own he sought wise counsel from church leaders, Community Group members and Jesus-loving, kingdom-minded friends.  He asked upwards of half-a-dozen godly people what they thought and then made an informed decision.  

Bullpen

Image found on Pinterest via Google search “Abundance of Counselors”

This allowed him to draw from the experience of others, consider all his options and take the pressure off himself.   As a result, he made the tough but informed decision to stay in the city he graduated, become a high school teacher and serve the church because his bullpen of counselors unanimously (without talking to one another) told him that they believed it would most help him grow in Christ, best prepare him for his future and increase his disciple-making impact in the long run.  He is now grateful that his bullpen of advisers helped him make a wise, God-honoring decision.

Informed Decisions

If you’re not facing tough decisions now you will most certainly face them in the future: which college to attend, what career path to follow, who to date, how to approach a specific situation, whether or not you’re ready for a specific opportunity or relationship and so on.

Making these kinds of decisions without wise counsel is like trying to climb Everest with no experience and no guide.  Odds are you’ll probably get yourself (or someone else) hurt.  Gathering insight from many advisers is like having the experienced veterans with you every step of the way.   So what about you, who’s in your bullpen?

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