Jesus told this parable: A certain man had two sons. The younger said, “Father, give me my portion of goods.” So the father divided his inheritance between them.
Not many days after, the younger son gathered his belongings and took a journey into a far country where he wasted his inheritance on riotous living. After spending everything, there arose a mighty famine in that land. Desperate, he got a job feeding swine. (Photo by Pixabay.)
He would have gladly eaten the swine’s food, but it did not satisfy his hunger, and no one would give him food to eat.
When he came to himself, he said, “How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and here I am starving! I will go to my father, and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and you, and am not worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired help.’”
While on his way to his father, but still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion on him. He ran to him, fell on his neck, and kissed him.
“Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.”
But the father said to his servants, “Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.” And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And the servant said, “Your brother is come home; and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.”
The brother was angry, and would not go in so his father came to him, and entreated him. And he, answering, said to his father, “These many years do I serve you, never disobeying any of your commandments, and yet you never threw me a party. But as soon as he comes home, after living with prostitutes and spending all your wealth, you kill for him the fatted calf.”
“Son,” the Father said, “you have been me with always and all that I have is yours. We celebrated your brother’s return because he once was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is now found” (Luke 15:11-32).
This is the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
The younger son messed up. We all mess up. We’ve all spent our “inheritance” in all the wrong ways; all found ourselves eating from the trough of pigs: mounds of debt, no job, no vision, no hope.
You’ll notice that smack dab in the middle of the prodigal's plight he said he would gladly eat the swine’s food, but it wouldn’t satisfy him. Right. We weren’t made to eat the food of swines. We’re programmed, designed, created, and wired for greatness, and nothing less will satisfy us!
You’ll also notice that no one gave the prodigal a handout. If they had, he never would have “come to himself,” making the decision to come home.
The older brother was jealous, and with jealousy comes every evil thing. The older brother is akin to those who are envious of the 1%. Jealous/covetous people believe that life is “unfair.” They don’t believe they’ve been afforded the same opportunity. The truth: “all the Father has is ours” if you only believe.
You can laugh at all this Biblical stuff, but God’s wisdom, His ways, are awesome. I’ve been telling you about this Infinite Banking Concept (IBC) because it’s just one of His amazing ways, and it's been around long before corruption crept into our current financial system. The only people who laugh at this are those who refuse to read up on it.
All I'm asking you to do is come to yourself by making a decision to believe that you have everything you need to become financially independent.
Stop looking around you, worrying about your brother or the 1%. Stop eating with the pigs. Make a decision that you'll learn everything you can about how to wisely handle your money.
“But I don’t believe all this Shemitah, the economic world is collapsing stuff.”
Don’t believe it. If you’ve prepared for an economic collapse by putting your money in the safest haven you can possibly put it, and the economy doesn’t collapse, have you lost anything?
Yes. I know your fear. You think you’re not smart enough. You think the good life is for the 1% but not for you. You think everyone else has the opportunity to become financially independent but not you because you’re still eating with the pigs. Listen. The prodigal was eating with the pigs when he “came to himself.” No one was giving him handouts when he made the decision to come home.
Stop whining. Read, learn, grow. Think for yourself. Make your own financial decisions instead of letting your accountant, broker, the world do it for you. Look at the mess all these “smartest guys in the room” have gotten us into. Their brilliant plan was to spend more to get us out of debt; and print money when you don’t have money! You think you can’t do better than that?! Seriously. Stand up. Fight!
Life is not where you’ve been, but where you’re willing to go. Period!