The Esau Syndrome
The Esau Syndrome. I had never read this verse and seen it quite this way before. Esau gave away his inheritance for something he wanted in the now. (Genesis 25: 29-34) Here we see Esau. A man with some very good skills. He was well able to provide for himself, but he choose the easy way out. What was he thinking about? Was he even thinking?We see a man in the moment. A man that wanted what he wanted, when he wanted it, because he wanted it. Wow! He gave away so much for the pleasure of the moment.
Today we see the Esau Syndrome all around us. I need it, I want it, I'll get it. Ka-Ching. My credit card has its privileges. Right? It's a phenomenon of our times. No need to wait. You deserve it. Get it your way. It's all about the here and the now. Watch out for the Esau Syndrome. It can sneak up on you.
We all suffer from this syndrome, just a little. We cheat, just a little. We lie, but it's just a little white lie. We gossip, only we call it 'just a little concern'. Just a little self promotion. Just a little bit won't hurt me. We can reason our way into the Esau Syndrome so quickly.
Then there's the Oops, my bad portion of the syndrome. We step on someone, to get to the next rung in our ladder. Oops, my bad. It was either them or me. What they don't know won't hurt them. I'm sure they won't mind if I take this. We never 'intentionally' set out to hurt someone, but...Oops, my bad.
Regret is a hard pill to swallow. We wish we could turn back the clock and change that moment or that decision. We act impulsively and wish we could take it all back. The hardest part about regret is that we can't change it. We have to deal with the consequences. Tears and all.
Guard against the Esau Syndrome. Don't trade away your birthright for a bowl of soup.
Hebrews 12: 16-17 MSG
"Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears."