I remember that in youth we give up things that are a valuable because we are young and dumb. My graduation year was 1977 and I recall that my parents bought me a pretty nice gold class ring with the purple birthstone for my birth month. When I ran off at 16, almost 17, and was on my own I pawned that ring for a measly amount. We won’t say why I wanted the money but let’s say I was’t living the Christian life.

I think it was a lack of spiritual training and youthful idiocy that explains the following: “29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, ‘Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished,’ Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ Esau said, ‘Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?’ 33 And Jacob said, ‘First swear to me’; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” – Gen 25

Things which we treasure and truly value we don’t treat or speak of in such disregard as Esau did the birthright. It was to be his blessing from his father. Perhaps he took this all for granted as does a spoiled child, always expecting their inheritance no matter how little love and respect they give to the relationship. As parents, this shows we ought to be teaching our children from an early age the precious and eternal things that are theirs and to always value them. Don’t sell your soul for a bowl of red stuff. Don’t get distracted with silly things from peers who care for nothing but the carnal things they can get from you.

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