Wise Counsel

During the seemingly endless ramp-up to Super Bowl XLV, one of the ongoing themes of debate and discussion was Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (who would be named the Super Bowl MVP), and whether or not a win in the big game would finally remove him from the shadow of Brett Favre. Trying to perform under the spectre of a legend, particularly one who had been passionately loved by the fans, is not easy. So, when Rodgers became Green Bay’s starter several years ago, he sought the advice of someone who had been there and done that—former 49er quarterback Steve Young. Young had experienced the unenviable challenge of replacing the legendary Joe Montana—and, as such, was uniquely qualified to advise Rodgers on how to handle the transition with grace and patience. Young knew that Rodgers would be assaulted with questions about Favre, and warned him against indulging in the opportunity to make snide remarks or derogatory comments about his predecessor. Young counseled him that such an approach eventually leads to regret. It was wise counsel.

In a day in which self-sufficiency is highly touted and greatly applauded, Rodgers’ willingness to seek advice shows great wisdom. It has been said that “you don’t know what you don’t know”—and that is true. So, the next best thing is to seek wise counsel from someone who does know. The writer of the proverbs, the wise king Solomon, said:

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

The fact is, however, that we must be willing to recognize our own lack of wisdom and seek the wisdom others could offer us in our time of need. The pursuit of wisdom requires the humility to seek wise counsel. And that will always be valuable.

Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain