Money is referred to as “Currency” because it flows…

PROLOGUE 11 “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. {the beauty of time; in the passage of time, money takes wings to itself and flies…}

“A Father, his Sons, and the INHERITANCE that revealed their hearts…

14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, {ever wondered why the famine occurred after he had spent EVERYTHING?!?! when it pours, it rains} and he began to be in need {“began to be in need”, indicates a process à he sank deeper into need by the day}

15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. {he that would not work should not eat – if you’re waiting for something to turn up, start with the sleeves of your shirt; go do something} 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. {‘but no one gave him anything’ – no one gives money to the man who has no money. Ask your bankers, ask SME owners and Dangote – loans are more readily given to the wealthy than the needy. “to him who has will more be given, he that has not, even what he has will be taken away…à he that has not, has ‘something’ … everyone has something}

17 “When he came to his senses, {adversity teaches us – we learn in adversity, things we’d never learn in affluence or prosperity. When he came to his senses} he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ {this is where we miss it. We ask the father to “make us” when he has already given us all we need – we are, He has already made us; just be} – {He recited and rehearsed his speech, the essence and beauty of preparation; he had a blueprint or draft of what he was going to say in his mind, before he embarked on the journey} 20 So he got up and went to his father. {Some people are all talk and plans but no action – take action! – do something, just do it! Go, get up and GO!}

20 So he got up and went to his father {The problem with hissy fits is that you have to make up and clean up after the mess} “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. {If someone is extending the olive branch to you i.e. if someone is trying to make peace with you, don’t make the weight more difficult for them to bear. It’s difficult enough taking the first step towards reconciliation, meet them half-way (easier said, read and written than done though – but we’ve all got to take action) – Just do it!} 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ {Cost and worth are different things}

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.  25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. {Corporate Communications – who’s the best person to send to the client when feedback is needed? The “gatekeepers” of every organization should be properly groomed on how to give feedback! 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

EPILOGUE

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. {The heartache would have been milder if the father had carried this son along while he was awaiting the return of the younger son. As much as possible, management should carry employees along or at least let employees know the goals and values of the organization} 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. {Promotion comes from doing exceptional work and not by doing what you’re asked or expected to do} Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. {Entitlement Syndrome}

30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ {I’d hate to have a brother like this, a hater with an evil heart. But I see myself in his shoes sometimes, especially when I get up early to beat traffic, slave away at work,  and return home tired – I feel some disdain for the person who’s been at home all day, either sleeping/lounging and enjoying the proceeds of my labor. *aarrrgghhh* it’s a horrible way to react, I know… but it hurts sometimes. Especially when we fail to realize their contributions to our lives… life is give and take – no one has got it all – we must learn to share what we have with others ~ and accept what they have to offer – what goes around comes around – grateful giving, like grateful receiving, comes from the heart! – aha, the heart J

31 “‘my son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” – We had to celebrate (we had to give thanks)

FOOTNOTE

        i.            Parents should help kids manage their inheritance whilst they’re alive; Fathers, don’t wait till you’re nearly dead and gone before handing their inheritance to them. Whilst you’re still alive, you can help build them up and correct/control them – but, entrust wealth to kids responsibly and gradually so they don’t get overwhelmed or reckless.
      ii.            Savings is a beautiful thing, especially when your parents have done it for you. The challenge is doing the same for your kids, the onus is on you
    iii.            The prodigal son could have saved and invested the money, but he chose to squander {spend and waste} it. Wealth gotten easily is lost easily
     iv.            Adversity (‘need’) makes us industrious, forces us to think – necessity is the mother of invention
       v.            He that would not work should not eat, what service are you rendering? Money is an exchange for goods and services
     vi.            Home is the (only) place you go to when there’s nowhere else to go. Home here, is applied, and necessarily not in the literal sense
   vii.            His father had been keen on the lookout for the son, the beauty of expectation!

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18 thoughts on “Money is referred to as “Currency” because it flows…

  1. oluwaseun Ola

    As usual CmeSimi’s pieces r always on point.
    Welldone, gal!

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  2. Oluwarotimi

    Ms.Undastood, wow!!!! The Power to Direct Your Money in d Right Way!!!

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  3. abraham

    Great read…..profound stuff!

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  4. Yetunde

    Deep. Nice and deep…

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  5. Money is referred to as “currency” because it flows… Proverbs says “money takes wings to itself and flies”
    It is imperative to get wisdom and revelation before getting money, otherwise, you’d not have the capacity to retain it. It’s always painful to look back in regret – the pain of discipline is a lot better than the pain of regret.
    Parents and guardians have a great responsibility to prepare their kids/wards for the future – esp with respect to money and being financial wise and prudent

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    • hmm…..very true.
      You need to develop the kind of capacity that is strong enough to retain the volume of wealth you desire……that’s where the work is.
      Nice writeup….as always.

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  6. Hmmmmmm!!! Leaving the fact that he squandered everything he was given….But was it wrong for the younger son to ask his father for his share of the estate? I think is something good and noteworthy in that very act…”Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders” says the older brother….YES because he thought like a slave…while slaves may not have the right to ask, Sons do have the right to ask…I hope the older son got the point; “‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours”…slaving for the father does not make all those things more or less his own…That is the difference between wages and inheritance!!!

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  7. dot

    Never read something like this in a long while. Simisola, God bless you.

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    • one of the many Teacher’s, whose impact I will never forget is Mr. Felix Ikwuemesibe – {see comment thread for his input} – he, along with the others, deserves God’s blessings too!
      …thanks for the comment, stay blessed

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  8. Nice break down of a familiar story. Thank you. 🙂

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  9. I have always thought that wisdom is a product of ‘greying’ hair. Si-mine, thanks for all these insights!

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  10. o.O

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  11. Wow. O boy eh, see exposition! Lol. Good job, sis… 🙂

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