“But Jacob said to Esau, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling his birthright as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left.”
As I was reading this story of Jacob and Esau, I was quickly reminded how easy it is for people to give up something so valuable for something so trivial.
In this story, Esau was very hungry and wanted food after he worked a long, hard day in the outdoors. Unfortunately, he was willing to give up something so valuable (his birthright) for a bowl of soup, all because he was hungry. Not very wise!
He allowed his flesh to dominate his common sense. His short term gratification led to long term regrets!
The same can be true for us if we’re not very careful. Do not give up something so valuable in your life for short term pleasure: a spouse, children, family, reputation, influence, legacy, etc… for a brief, fleeting, momentary pleasure. It isn’t worth it!
Remember, the pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.
I remind you to do what is right! Say no to some good things … so you can say yes to God’s best for your life.
Keep yourself surrounded with accountability partners who will speak truth into your life – not telling you what you want to hear, but telling you what you need to hear.
Make wise decisions and exercise common sense, so that you can experience God’s best He has planned for your life.
Be Worth Being!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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