Enchanted ~ The Power of Gold

“The women are lovely. The wine is superb but there’s something about the song that disturbs you…” Dan Fogelberg

Greetings Dear Reader,

The adage when pursuing a story on corruption of most forms of crime is to follow the money. It is not wrong to have money. It is wrong to hoard wealth whilst others are in need. I believe that most people do not consider how wealthy they are.

There are those who have a genuine need and are poor. Then there are the rest of us. Whether it is new shoes, shiny electronics, or the latest car, it all comes back to money and affluence. I have more than I need and I work at not increasing my standard of living. I feel more comfortable when the money is there. Instead, my comfort must come from knowing that the Father will supply all of my needs.

We become so enchanted by money that it draws us into feeling that it is our security. As someone who has been well off and been homeless, money is never the answer. It is a necessary part of the way we do commerce in our society. It is not something by which we should be enchanted. It is never where our security is found.

This is a constant struggle for me. I want money for good and for selfish reasons. I want to be generous. It thrills me to help others. I also want other things. I have to live with the reality that one of my books could be seen or picked up in just the right circumstances and could become a huge seller overnight. The only way I can see to manage a sudden infusion of wealth is to plan for it.

If I live with a generous and giving spirit now, it will be a habit if my abundance increases. If I trust the Father to provide for me rather than my own skills, I can stay closer to the right perspective and attitudes. I must recognize what my true needs are and live within my means today so that I do not act foolishly with what I have. My goal is not to sell a million copies of every book I write. It is to sell 10,000 books a year. This would enable me to write full time and see the people that the Father puts on my heart.

Only be being aware of the power of gold can I protect myself from its enchantment. When you pray for me, Dear Reader, please pray that I can earn my entire living from writing but also that I will never be enchanted by the power of gold. I want to be giving in all things because of genuine love for Christ. I want to help those in need and use gold for good. The power of gold is a strong and subtle enchantment. It is only through constant vigilance that I can resist it. Come along, Dear Reader, the next round is on me.

The Power of Gold — Dan Fogelberg

The story is told of the
Power of gold
And its lure on the unsuspecting
It glitters and shines
It badgers and blinds
And constantly needs protecting.
Balance the cost of the soul you lost
With the dreams you lightly sold
Are you under
The power of gold?

The letters and calls
Got you climbing the walls
And everyone wants a favor
They beg to remind you
Of times left behind you
But you know the past is a loser.
The face you’re wearing is different now
And the days run hot and cold
Are you under
The power of gold?

You’re a creature of habit
Run like a rabbit
Scared of a fear you can’t name
Your own paranoia
Is looming before you
But nobody thinks that
It’s a game.
Balance the cost of the soul you lost
With the dreams you lightly sold
Then tell me
That you’re free
Of the power of gold.

The women are lovely
The wine is superb
But there’s something about the song
That disturbs you…

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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“The women are lovely. The wine is superb but there’s something about the song that disturbs you…” Dan Fogelberg