Saturday, May 30, 2015

Thinking it Through

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.  -Benjamin Franklin

One day Esau arrived home from a trip very hungry.  He asked his younger brother Jacob for food, and Jacob proposed that Esau swap his birthright for Jacob’s lentil soup.  (In the olden days, the father’s wealth went to the first-born.)  Esau hastily replied, “What good is my birthright if I die of starvation.”  Esau swore away his birthright and scarfed down the lentil soup.  At face value, Esau is an unfortunate character that made a big decision at a bad time. However, I’d contend that there’s a deeper lesson for us to learn: selling out our long-term futures for momentary pleasures will never truly satisfy us.  Let’s resolve that before we make big decisions, we prayerfully ask, “How will I feel about this decision ten years from now?"  God will give you wisdom to make every one of your decisions. 

He that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly (Proverbs 14:29, KJV).

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