“Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?” – Genesis 25:32
In spite of what you may have heard, being “short-sighted” is not a malady that affects whose who, like myself, are vertically-challenged. In fact, it is more a condition that affects those who are “eternally-challenged.” Esau is a great example. When he traded his rights as the first-born son of Isaac to his brother Jacob for a pot of stew, Esau allowed his immediate need to cloud his future plans. He was short-sighted in that he neglected to weigh the effects of his selfish decision upon his future descendants.
It is truly unfortunate when short-sightedness seems to pervade leadership decisions in a country, organization, or church, but we have to admit that it is just the logical outcome of the mindset of those who allow them to serve. So many people want it all NOW and are willing to trade tomorrow for a “pot of stew” today.
Even so, a failed entity is not the worst outcome of this disease. Short-sightedness is most devastating when a desire for immediate gratification so blinds a person to the truth that it leads them to ignore an eternity that is certainly to come.
Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die; another’s life, another’s death, I stake my whole eternity. – Horatio Bonar