shattered, and the number of corporate greed’s innocent victimsswelled beyond belief.The losses and collapses have been dramatic and agonizing;many people are steeped in regret that they hadn’t seen it com-ing. They’re often stunned that they’d been so presumptuous as
to assume our economic growth would continue unabated. In
portfolios, regrets replaced assets. “If only” has become a mantrafor those reliving so many less-than-informed decisions.
For others, the regret path they’re walking is not financial but
relational. Betrayal, divorce, and all sorts of untreated addictionsleave both victim and perpetrator full of regret over the choicesthey’ve made.
The Bible tells the story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob
for a mere bowl of soup. According to Hebrews 12, no matter how
bad Esau later felt about that deal, no matter how many bitter
tears of regret he shed, there was nothing he could do to change what he’d done. Imagine the pain he must have felt, looking back on his terrible swap.
If Esau hadn’t been out of control, he would have never offeredsuch a phenomenal bargain. He was controlled by his appetite and
desire for immediate relief. And while he looks foolish today, he’sno different from the many millions who have walked in his “I want/need it now” shoes.Most who have struggled with eating disorders can relate toEsau. Those addicted to drugs, who become willing to do any-thing for relief from withdrawal, understand him. Anyone who’s
destroyed a marriage over desire for hours with Internet porn
knows how Esau could get himself in such a mess.
I certainly know how Esau felt. I know what it’s like to obtain
instant relief and then discover only a life filled with shameful
regret and sorrow, to wake up realizing “
a mistake I’ve