Saturday, January 22, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Genesis 25:29-31

Once when Jacob was cooking a stew,
Esau came in from the field, and he was famished.
Esau said to Jacob, "Let me eat
some of that red stuff, for I am famished!"
Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright."
Genesis 25:29-31
This story, in part, is the history of how the line of Abraham and Isaac passed through Jacob (the second born) instead of Esau (the first born).
But let's make it even simpler. Let's call this a story about temptation. Esau was hungry. He was, in other words, vulnerable. When we are hungry, tired, anxious, or worried, we are vulnerable. Very vulnerable.
When we are hungry, tired, anxious, or worried, wisdom doesn't guide us. Values don't guide us. And truth doesn't even guide us -- because when our emotions are controlling us, it is much harder to hear God.
The point?! Don't allow yourself to get too tired, too hungry, or too vulnerable.
Also seek the necessary truth, encouragement, and spiritual protection so that you will not be vulnerable anxiety, worry, and fear.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who's continually discovering
how to balance his life
so he's not too hungry for stew
There is a saying in recovery circles, "HALT" that stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired.  When you are one of those, you are to stop. Regroup. Not make any major decisions. 

There is another one that is similar, "HEART" that stands for Hurting, Exhausted, Angry, Resentful, Tense.  When you are one of these, you are to stop, evaluate, pray and try to cease or avoid what is causing those feelings. 

Esau was hungry and tired/exhausted.  Not a good time to make major decisions, yet he did. I am guilty of it to. I have been most of the above emotions 24/7 for over a year and it is wearing me down. I know I am in no position to make major decisions. Yet in life as a working mother and wife, you have to. And they aren't always the right ones.

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