Ron is my younger brother and with three years between us, I was usually in the command position. When I was about eight and he was five, I can remember taking advantage when it came to his understanding of the value of money. Holding two quarters in my palm, I would begin the conversation like this.
“Ron, look at these two coins. See how shiny they are, and look at the head of George Washington.” My little brother would be clenching his dollar in his fist and I would make him stretch it out. “See! All you’ve got is a piece of paper, and your George Washington is only a printed picture while my coins have an engraved head.” In response to my smooth tongue, he would hand over the dollar, and I would give him the coins.
In his fourth conversation the wise father in Proverbs tries to teach his son what’s more valuable than both quarters and dollars—wisdom.
“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who obtains understanding; for the profit she (wisdom) gives is better than the profit of silver, and her yield is better than fine gold. She’s more precious than gems and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left, wealth and honor. Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths are peace and prosperity.” Proverbs 3:13-17
LORD, thanks that my brother grew up and learned both the value of wisdom and money. Bless him today as he represents you in the marketplace of business and especially this Sunday as he teaches his Sunday School class.
P.S. Don’t feel too badly for how I conned my little brother. I just looked it up and 1956 quarters are worth $ 7.50 apiece.
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