VALUE IT BEFORE YOU LOSE IT.
Introduction: - A fact of life was expressed by author thus, “The value of what we do not have is greater than when we have it”. In one way or the other, we admire less what we have been graciously given by God. Sometimes, we labour very hard to get or acquire such a thing. However, as time goes on, we begin to despise it. It is sad to note that this cuts across every facet of our lives. Not only this, race, education or status has nothing to do with this matter. These are not barriers to prevent us from despising what we have.
Take stock of all that you have. Now, list out those items that seem to have lost their value or that have become despicable to you. Do you know what? Many of those or a few of them may prove their value after you have lost them. For example, a car you have been riding for some years which has not given you much trouble may become “too common” or “old fashioned”. You may not appreciation it until you buy a new one that could not meet your actual needs. Else, you may not know it is valuable until it is stolen.
Note this conversation between two brothers.
And Esau said to Jacob,
“Please feed me with that same red stew, for I an weary.”. …
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. (Gen 25:30-33 New King James Version).
Now let me call your attention to common fear of every man that comes into play in this short conversation - the fear of death. Esau does not want to die of hunger, so he was ready and sold his birthright to his younger brother, Jacob. This Jacob knew the weak spot of his older brother and exploited it to his personal selfish advantage successfully.
At this juncture, it is expedient for you to think now of what you are saying, “what is that to me?” because you fear death or owing to your weakness that makes you to despise it.
What is the reason why you must appreciate whatever you have now? Esau is a very good case study. In Hebrews 12:16-17, we read about him, “lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for you one morsel of food sold his birthright.
For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears”. (New King James Version).
Now is the right and appropriate time to begin to admire what you have because if you lose it you may seek it diligently with tears but may not find it.
A woman who was accused of causing the death of her husband intentionally later regretted it when she said to everybody who cares to listen, “The experience of a widow is sour”. Can she bring her husband back?
Hence forth, value what you have. Appreciate it. Do not despise it. Protect it so that you will not lose it.