THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JACOB MENTALITY AND ESAU MENTALITY!
Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Anytime I am studying what happened between Jacob and Esau, what usually come to my mind is; how come a hunter did not have an animal to prepare food on the very day his father (Isaac) wanted to bless him, while the man (Jacob) who was not a hunter had a spare animal in the house?
Esau was a hunter, but Jacob was a cultivator. The man who should have a big ranch was Esau, but he didn’t have anything to prepare a special meal for Isaac. But Jacob who didn’t know how to kill an animal had enough at the back of the house.
In this world, there are Esaus and there are Jacobs. I want to lay a foundation with this powerful narrative by Thomas J. Stanley. (Get ready for Inspire Africa Project Conference that will be taking place in the month of June. You will get the full details in few days time.)
“People often ask my opinion about the high salaries of many professional sports men and women. I believe they are paid what they deserve, and I’m not at all envious of athletes who earn big incomes. Many have very short careers. Even though they receive many more dollars for hammering hits or even blocking for quarter-backs, it’s still the same old nail game. The dollar you earn for the nails you inserted today don’t matter so much-the real issue is how many future dollars your efforts today will pay.
The press loves to tell us how much some young ballplayer will make with his contract. But once his playing days are over, where is the annuity? Dead as a door nail. The really smart people in professional athletics are the team owners and the agents. These agents are an especially crafty group. They don’t have much specific talent themselves-they don’t run, kick, block, or score goals. They don’t sing or dance. Yet they last and last.
So what if you are one-in-a-million on the football scale? You were a high school All-American, a first-team college All-American, and the first running back drafted in the pros this year, but you blew out a knee. Your agent, on the other hand, has a growing stable of your kind. He grows his business like people grow apple trees. Once you are in his orchard, you keep producing for him. When you can no longer produce apples or hammer nails, they remove your dead or dying trunk from the field. A replacement apple tree is inserted like the interchangeable parts of a machine.”
There is a boxing promoter whose hair looks like where someone threw in a bomb. This man is not strong, cannot fight or survive a blow from boxers, but he has made millions of dollars from boxers around the world. Some of the boxers he managed are struggling to survive today, but the man is a multi-millionaire! The boxers who are talented are Esaus, the boxing promoter who doesn’t know how to fight is Jacob.
Those who have Esau mentality have great talents and uncommon business ideas, but they don’t know how to grow and multiply what they have. So they will end up employing a Jacob who has never established a business to run it for them.
Those who have Esau mentality spend tomorrow’s income in advance because of their love for toys. Why should someone purchase things like television, mobile phone, wrist watch, human hair, refrigerator and other items on credit? Buying liabilities on credit is spending tomorrow’s income in advance! Esau actually sold his birthright in advance for something that doesn’t have the power to grow in value.
“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?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” Genesis 25:29-34.
This is the worst negotiation I have ever seen in my whole life. How can you sell your birthright for just a meal? Even if you want to sell it, why not tell Jacob to feed you and your descendants forever? Esau exchanged valuable thing with perishable meal. He didn’t even think twice about it. He ate and drank, got up and went his way as if nothing happened. What a ‘yeyecious’ mentality! Anytime you spend the money you will earn in future on liabilities, you are operating with the spirit of Esau!
I heard the story of a young lady who is living in someone’s house, but went ahead to buy a car. Is there any other definition for Esau mentality? Most Africans behave like Esau. We like spending instead of investing. Somebody can wake up in our clime and organize three days remembrance party for his grandfather that died in 1904 just because he saw extra cash.
Nations that doesn’t have crude oil are making money by refining it for African nations that have Esau mentality. Nations that doesn’t have cocoa are making money from African nations that produces cocoa because Esaus love finished products. So these nations with Jacob mentality will come over here, buy our cocoa, and produce chocolate out of it, and send it back to us. Of course, we will buy it with joy. Jacob nations will always rule over Esau nations.
Most people with Esau mentality are not usually ready when opportunities show up. Just like Esau the hunter did not have a spare animal to prepare a special meal for his father in order to receive a special blessing, those who have Esau mentality miss uncommon opportunities because they are not ready.
Fred J. Young said, “Lots of people know how to make money, but are not gifted in the art of preserving it. Frequently the same risk that was involved in making you rich is the same risk that can make you poor again.” Henry David Thoreau opined, “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to leave alone.”
Edward H. Romney concluded today’s discussion by saying, “When you are tempted to buy some novelty item-such as a towel roll with a music box in it- visualize it in a pile of junk at a yard sale with a 50 cent price tag on it.” Dear friend, are you an Esau or Jacob? Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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