Imagine forming your own personal advisory group for the sole purpose of helping you with your life.
Suppose you could spend an evening with seven to ten people who would then become your personal advisory group. These people might serve to lead, guide, and basically help you as you move through life. Imagine having the opportunity to learn from these people.
Now think about selecting this imaginary group. There are no limitations. These people can live nearby or far away. Don’t worry about the logistics of getting these people together. After all, this is imaginary. Now choose each person based upon some particular aspect of your life that you need to address. Some examples:
Your marriage. Who would you like to have on this personal advisory group because of what you might learn about marriage? Whose marriage do you especially admire?
Your money. Who could teach you financial stewardship? Who do you admire for the way they handle their money? Who continually uses their money to help people or to fund other good causes?
Your time. Is there a person you know who is living a rich, full life at 70? Is there a person at that age who seems to epitomize the way you want to be at 70? What person at that age continues to mature in Christ?
Your encouragement. Who encourages you? Who continues to build you?
Your walk with God. Who has a relationship with God that you admire? Have you noticed this person continues to stay fresh and alive in Christ while others get stale? What is this person doing? (Yes, I know that if you are a Christ-follower, you do not separate the other concerns above from your walk with God. I am just focusing on a particular emphasis.)
Your attitude. What person do you admire because of their attitude?
The point? We can learn from others. I find it very helpful to imagine such a group in my life. (I suspect that some actually have formed such a group.) These seven to ten people are men and women from whom I can learn.
Now think about an evening with this group. The subject? Your life. Think about what you might ask these individuals. Think about what they might say to you regarding particular aspects of your life.
Who are a few people you would want in your personal advisory group? Parents? Friends? A Christian author? Someone you have admired at a distance? Who have you admired?