Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, "Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary." Therefore his name was called Edom.
But Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright as of this day."
And Esau said, "Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?"
... So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
Genesis 25:29-33 NKJV
If ever in the bible there was an example of how unclear thinking due to a temporary need might impact the future, this is it. Esau was starving. Jacob had food. Esau sold his birthright, a huge blessing for the firstborn in the culture of the day, for the food. Sounds crazy doesn't it? That must have been some stew Jacob concocted. Esau gave up his future for a temporary pleasure. The desire for that stew in his famished state outweighed his desire for future blessings and accomplishments.
This story illustrates the importance of every choice we make. It also shows to us the importance of establishing a vision for what we want out of our lives or for what we think that God wants from us out of our lives. Without a clear vision for where we want to go, we are easily distracted and too easily tempted to abandon our plans for something easier and for temporary fulfillment. We must keep the end in mind to endure the trials of the "now".
How is your view of your future? Do you know what you would like to be doing in 6 months, a year, 5 years, 10 years? Think about it. It might just keep you from "selling" your own "birthright" away.
Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.