Money, Faith & A Satisfied Mind

   "Money it's a gas
    Grab that cash with both
    hands and make a stash
    New car, caviar, 
    four star daydream 
    Think I'll buy me a
    football team."
    ~Roger Waters~

"Money" is on Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. On the original vinyl, the song opened side two.
"Money" is on Pink Floyd's 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon. On the original vinyl, the song opened side two.

Get A Stash

The sound effects opening Money by Pink Floyd are cash registers ringing and moneychangers jiggling coins together. It captures the mindset that dominates us.

We are continually urged to indulge in the excesses of affluence. The incessant siren call from the advertising industry towers on Madison Avenue is to grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.

Consumerism thrives on our accumulation of money and possessions. Though we in the West have perfected it to a near art form, the purchasing of products in excess of basic needs is as old as the earliest civilizations.

Here’s a classic piece of bumper sticker reasoning: Money doesn’t buy happiness. It allows you to look for it in more places.

With tongue in cheek, someone has pointed out: Money is not everything. There are also credit cards, bankcards, debit cards, money orders, certified checks, and traveler’s checks.

Our economy is dependent on the population being actively engaged in the consumption of goods and/or services.

Politicians, always eyeballing the next election cycle, tinker and interfere with free markets by establishing policies and programs designed to motivate us to spend, spend, spend our way out of recession. We respond with enthusiasm because greed and avarice are the twin pillars of the human heart. There’s no doubt that our culture is fueled by the acquisition and free flow of money.

Cecil Rhodes—the British financier, colonizer, and creator of the Rhodes Scholarships—was enormously wealthy. The story is told that one day a journalist said to him: “You must be very happy.” To which Rhodes replied: “Happy? No! I spent my life amassing a fortune, only to find I have spent half of it on doctors to keep me out of the grave and the other half on lawyers to keep me out of jail.”

Pitfalls & Excess

As beneficiaries of freedom, democratic capitalism has given us opportunities to be good deed doers and share with others, but there is a dark side to it that we often treat like the crazy relative living in the basement.

While we enjoy the prizes of prosperity, we ignore the pitfalls of its excesses. The ugly underbelly of free enterprise is that whole industries are completely dependent on tapping into human greed and covetousness.  

Which is in direct and constant conflict with Biblical principles, but that is where faith meets reality: We live our lives in direct and constant conflict with an overwhelming desire for more.        

Perspective & Treasures

It is crucial for Christ-followers to maintain an appropriate perspective on money, especially since Jesus of Nazareth said: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

Or consider the wisdom of some other ancient words from the writer of Hebrews: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

We are to be content with what we have and secure in our relationship with God. That sounds simplistic so we reason away the mysterious nature of God, which prompts us to dismiss invisible spiritual experiences.

As a result, we extend much energy and expense looking for fulfillment in new cars, bigger houses, better toys and the latest gadgets.

Temporal pleasures take precedent over eternal concerns. Regardless of our verbal devotion, if happiness is always to be reached after the next purchase our message to God is that his current provision for us is not good enough.

Our attitude is reflected by how we react when our possessions get lost, stolen or broken. When we can’t get the loss off our minds, or it affects our relationships with others, then our view is off-kilter and we need to recalibrate our outlook.

Possessions are things. No matter how rare or valuable, possessions are inanimate objects, but people are precious jewels in God’s sight so we ought to treasure every relationship.

  "How many times, have 
   you heard someone say
   If I had money, I 
   would do things my way
   But little they know, 
   that it's so hard to find
   One rich man in ten, 
   with a satisfied mind."
       ~Hayes/Rhodes~

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Wealth is not evil. It is no different than any gift of God; it’s potential for good or evil lies entirely in whose hands it rests. The danger is that we can become consumed by plans to acquire or manage it. 

Wealth can be like a poisonous snake. It is harmless if we know how to handle it, but if we do not, it will coil up to unleash a lethal bite.  

A fervent desire for well-heeled opulence can have dire consequences. Paul of Tarsus observed that “some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  

It'd be easy to say that present economic troubles are a direct result of our society's headlong clutch and grab for overdoses of riches. We are to be good stewards of all that God provides, but we are not to become obsessed with material abundance. 

It is wrong when much of our time is spent worrying over Wall Street because our goals pertain to income or financial worth. 

In all honesty, our response to the fluctuations of the Stock Market is actually a reliable barometer to measure whether we are content with what we have and secure in our relationship with God. 

By that standard, how’s our spiritual portfolio doing? No amount of money can acquire a satisfied mind; that can only be accomplished by a properly aligned faith in the One who spoke creation into existence. When our earthly end beckons, our investment in the stuff of eternity will be all that matters.

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Ken, I'll never have to worry about Wall St. as God has my back on the essentials. My spiritual portfolio is what gets my undivided attention though.

If I received $1,000,000 tomorrow, it would go right to our homeless ministry and Holy Truth Veterans Housing Program. God has seen to it my wife and I have food, shelter and a strong marriage built on God's Word. So, in my eyes, Wall St. can't touch this! Solid Hub!!!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Unchained Grace - Thanks for the visit & inspiring words of testimony. Much encouragement to you & many blessings on your life & ministry. Keep pressing on.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Ken, What's Wall Street? (smile)

My hope is built on nothing less than the blood of Jesus. It is all about Him, His service, my obedience to Him and through adoption, I am heir to all the riches of His kingdom. Can Wall Street or any amount of money beat that!!

Thanks for the opportunity to witness. Love and peace!!

Forever His,


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - Nice smile. A loud amen to your comments. Peace.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

I loved this Ken! So true! Keep it all in perspective and be happy with what God has given you at the moment. You jogged my memory of a guard at my condo gate in LasVegas--she accidentally hit the wrong button and closed the steel gate on my new convertible-leaving a dig real big near my wheel. Her face was so sorrowful--she would lose her job probably from this one-she said nothing but apolgized with her face looking like that. She could hardly believe when I said "it's just a car--don't worry about it." So true...how could I ever feel good knowing that a Mommy with children lost her job over a dang scratch in my car? The scratch is still there and when I see it-I see her face in my mind...awwwww.


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

Ken,

Great Hub.

What I find alarming is men of God who teach and preach that we have missed God, or that we are not blessed of God if we don't have the big house, new car, and fancy clothes. It really takes maturing for us, in this world of materialism, to be content with what we have, learning to thank God more, and complain less. I have come to understand that when we get the face of God, we can also have what's in his hand.

God Bless


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ghost Whisper - Thank you for sharing that wonderful story. How poignant & real. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

godpreacher - Thank you. That "prosperity gospel" is a lie from the pit of hell. It's a destructive deception that has no grounding in the Bible I read. It certainly appeals to pride, which someone has said is the original sin. Blessings to you.


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UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

Ken...blessing for an excellent and much needed Hub...if it is okay I would like to link this hub with my hub this morning, as the subject matter hits on basicaly the same thing. So with your permission Ken...

Bless God for the courage and straight sight He has placed in your spirit, may you continue to lead and teach those of the Body of Christ who have a heart to listen.

Blessings to you

UlrikeGrace (I await your permission)


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Ken, now you have come across a piece of vinyl I still have. I think we sent many of those crazy relatives that were in the basement to Washington. You are corret - the money is not evil, and having the money is not evil. There are plenty of very poor people who are insatiably greedy and do anything for money, not necessarily out of need, but out of an urge to get rich quick. If the focus is always on getting more, it doesn't matter if you have a lot or a little, it is still a focus not aimed at eternal salvation. Good Hub. Peace.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

UlrikeGrace - Thank you for your affirming & encouraging comments. Very much appreciated. Please feel free to link to your Hub. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I was out & about. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

AM - Thank you. That's a great line: "I think we sent many of those crazy relatives that were in the basement to Washington." All too true. Blessings.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Hi Ken you nailed it again, bro. Wall St. may be the hub of monetary myth, pie in the sky and soul selling... but the lotto industry around the world is thriving as never before. Does that paint a picture of love for the $$CACHING$$ or what? Good stuff man. Later L.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Ken, You made some very good points in your hub. Where I am spiritually is much more important than the financial aspects. I always say I don't have everything I want but I've always had everything I need. My life has been blessed.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Saintatlarge - Thanks for the visit & good comments. The lottery is a good point. I wish I would have thought about it to include a reference to it. Oh, well. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Pamela - Thanks for sharing words of testimony. Much encouragement & blessings to you.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Ken...

This is a conscientious hub. I think people tend to forget about spiritual values driven by the hunger of the human ego. It is a sad truth even if it "hurts" someone`s feelings. Wholeness does not contemplate excesses of any kind! People oughta pay more attention to the wondrous blessings of the Spirit and the closeness to God!

Thumbs up!

warmest regards and blessings galore, my friend

Al


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Terrific hub.. I enjoyed reading this.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Mystique1957 - Thank you. Your comments are exactly right. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

carilina muscle - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.


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susansisk 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Very good hub. God doesn't say we have to be poor, but he does say that it is harder for a rich man to get to heaven. We can't take it with us.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great hub Ken. Money just ain't what it's cracked up to be. Great album!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Susan. You are exactly right, we can't take it with us.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Mickey Dee - Thanks. Yeah, it's a great album.


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

The comparison of Wall Street to a persons Spiritual Portfolio grabbed my attention - an excellent comparison to consider on a daily basis. :)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Rafini - Thank you. Yes, sometimes its a comparison to consider on an hourly basis.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ken my brother I really enjoyed your sense of humour in the first half of this Hub, I was laughing both in my heart and out loud with some of the points made about spending to accumulate things.

We get into part two and I see the humour quickly disappearing, as we are reminded that it is not in the riches of this world we should be focusing upon, something we as Christians all know but still fall into the trappings of things I want to make my life enjoyable, not things I need to get me closer to my salvation. We still ahve to remind ourselves constantly that riches on earth are only satan's trappings, our true wealth and treasure is being stored up for us by our Heavenly Father, and shared out to us as needed not desired.

Sincerely with a focus on Heaven and My true Father,

Brother Dave.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ken, great album I haven't thought of in several years. Pops told me when I was a kid, there are lovers of money and lovers of stuff and those who love stuff ain't never gonna have no money. He was a guy who loved Jesus and was a good steward with what he received. I didn't learn the lessons he taught me until later, I failed the first round of riches, then I learned that you cannot have financial woes if you haven't any finances.....

Great hub!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Dave. Your comments are a welcome addition. I think affluence is so deceptive. We don't even realize how it infects & impacts our perspective. It's no surprise to me that every time the nation of Israel drifted away from God in the Old Testatment, it was during times of economic prosperity. Or as some would say nowadays, "I don't need God, I got Mastercard." :>)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Dusty. It is a great album. I had to double check because I thought money was the first cut on side one. I've noticed that learning finanical lessons is easier the older & hopefully wiser we get.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

I have to admit, some of this was a little over my head:) Money isn't everything, yet we need it to survive in this world. God is so good, in meeting our needs with the work he does provide and the skills and ability to work:) Never had enough money to dabble on the wall street side. Thank you for the read! Keep on writing:)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

heart4theword - Thanks for stopping in & commenting. I appreciate your words & perspective. Blessings to you.


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Richieb799 6 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

excellent hub, I like the way you pointed out the fact that it is not only money but also credit cards and loans. My dad doesn't think like me and he trys to persuade me to use loans etc, which is ok for him because he earns more money than me..but I personally can't stand the things.. I have had a little experience with having to pay back the bank a small amount and that was enough to reassure me its not worth it. Its like the old proverb, 'lending money is like being a bird trapped in a cage, scrape around and hurry to your lender to pay him back'


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Richie. You are right about loans. Never heard that proverb before but it's so true. Solomon put it this way: "The borrower is the lender's slave."


kazeem larry 6 years ago

Difficult people have become a drain in our lives. You need to better understand them so that they do not become a burden in your life and ruin your job satisfaction.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks for stopping in & sharing. Blessings.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Very well said. You know some people wonder why "God" doesn't give them more...Well,first of all God does not give people wealth, they have to work for it...He allows it to happen for them with hard work and devotion but sometimes He knows that not everyone can handle wealth. You are right in that our first priority should be our soul and our thankfulness to Him for what we do have. It is not in the getting; it is in the giving...


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lctodd1947 - Thank you for visiting & sharing. I appreciate your words & perspective. Blessings to you.


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msorensson 6 years ago

I love this hub. Thank you for sharing.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Many forget that money is a means to an end and not an end in itself. Trouble is right now that it takes more and more to buy less and less.Think what a five cent candy bar costs now in real money.


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msorensson - You're welcome. Thank you for stopping in & giving it a read.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

dahoglund - Thank you for your good comments. Down memory land reminds me that when I was a kid my mother would send me to the store with fifty cents for a loaf of bread & quart of milk, with change left over for an assortment of penny candy. Times have definitely changed.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Agree with you to the max, losing your soul and physical wellness for the sake of money, wonderful and inspirign as usual, Hope your book is out and about! Maita


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, Malta. Your words are always encouraging to me. My book is still making the rounds. Wish I knew more about the publishing business. Peace.


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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub. I like your point that it's not money that is bad, it's love of money is bad.


Debarshi Dutta 6 years ago

Hi Ken

I am from India.

Whatever you said is true for any spiritually and morally sensitive person or instituitions.

A lesser populated and lesser technologically advanced society subscribes to the ideals of religion and God in a better way.

Their society is poorer and thus humanized enough to allow the scope and exercise of moral and spiritual authority and allegiance amongst it's constituents..And lack of wealth means lack of diversity of consummables to tempt or provoke the otherwise calm and serene mind of individuals and their composite society.

Wealth dehumanizes...we lose our spiritual and moral clarity.

And as you said..

'The ugly underbelly of free enterprise is that whole industries are completely dependent on tapping into human greed and covetousness.'

We are the ones who are employed by these free enterprises and in doing so we sooner or later lose our right to protest or complain against their unscrupulous methods of profit seeking by tapping into greed and covetousness.

The reasons are-

Lack of scrupules into exciting human vanity and ignorance and human greed and covetousness mean more profit, more stock, more investment and more jobs...Even if we may dislike this scheme personally, socially and culturally..More jobs and a higher standard of living is not possible without this ignoble policy .

No one is responsible...One cannot change the circumstances since a job in these days means nothing else but accepting the laws and rules of present economy and serving under a MNC of a free enterprise system..Even if one would start a business of one's own or serve a profession..one has to accept these rules.

SO in the end...oneself alone , several together, and all and sundry cannot change this circumstance...and this change in social and moral climate that has been ushered in by socioeconomic urgencies is quite like a change in the weather..too chilly, too arid or too humid, one alone can do nothing about it..either suffer it or can stay indoors and protect oneself from the threat of the weather..nothing more...

So one can shelter oneself by renouncing more, consuming less..personally and as a family..Other than that nothing more is possible.Wealth will only grow and with it lack of vision and indulgence and the knowledge of what's truly good for one and all..like friendship, faith and what's not .like material wealth.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Betty - Thank you for visiting & commenting. I appreciate your words. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Debarshi Dutta - Thank you for sharing thoughtful & thought-provoking words. I appreciate your perspective a great deal. I have friends in India & Nepal. I think you are right. There seems to be a heightened sense of the spiritual when one prays for their daily bread, it is truly a real prayer. Peace & blessings to you.


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creationmom 6 years ago from Appalachia / North Carolina

Ken, I'm spending some time tonight browsing your hubs, and finding a kindred spirit. I'm finishing up a book with the working title, "Overcoming the Desire to Acquire: It's Not About the Stuff." In my research, I recently read that the population in the USA with the least incidence of depression are the Amish. Hmmm.....

By the way, my favorite author is Randy Alcorn, and I see that you are a fan, too. And, you will find that I quote Ortberg in one of my hubs!


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Ken, like others, Wall Street has not affected me whatsoever because I know God always has and always will provide for all my needs. I agree what you say about the prosperity gospel being a lie but I also think there are many Christians who believe it is God's will for Christians to be poor. I think God blesses some with wealth hoping they will use it to further His Kingdom.


Jeffreyj 6 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO

Its true we cannot serve both money and God. We all have to make the choice of which One we will serve. One is temporary and the other is Eternal. We can however use money as a tool and serve God at the same time. It really comes down to our motives, doesn't it?


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

creationmom - Thank you for checking out my stuff. Glad we are kindred spirits. Looking forward to spending some time reading your work. Blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Cari Jean - Thanks for visiting & sharing. I think there's a balance & perspective that we have to develop. The "poor" Christian thinking is almost as messed up as the prosperity gospel. Peace & blessings.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Jeffreyj - Glad you stopped in & shared. Much appreciated. Yes, it does come down to our motives. Blessings.


SamAntone 6 years ago

Great job in putting things in proper perspective!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

SamAntone - Thank you. Much appreciated.


EM 6 years ago

So you're don't have affiliates setup to make money on this hub? It's about the writing, right? Not the money... right.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

EM - Thanks for your comments. Just for the record, though I doubt you'll be back, I have written 95 Hubs & earned a total of $29.92, which works out to about $3.17 per Hub.

Each Hub takes an average of six hours, so my earnings here translates into less than 20 cents an hour. Also, I have been writing all my adult life & this year I'll be 55--I've written magazine articles, newspaper articles, a chapter in a book, fiction, non-fiction, & poetry. All of which has garnered me total earnings of less than a $1000.

So, for me, it is about the writing. I hope you have a hobby that you enjoy half as much as I enjoy writing.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Ken - great response to EM! Also, I rear-ended someone last week and messed up my car - made me think of your hub!!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Cari Jean - Thanks. Sorry about your accident. Hope no one was hurt. Blessings. And take care.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub with great insights to ponder. Truly as a christian our security is in the Lord not in wealth or money. As a christian I pursue for simplicity in living being content in whatever the Lord provided for me. Thank you for sharing these great nuggets of truth here at Hubpages.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

cristina327 - You're welcome. Thank you for your wise & thought-provoking words. Blessings to you.


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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

Your right on all the points; but until there is a system that allows people to follow a inclusive selfless and civil course journey and path most will get lost for lack of direction... No matter how much something is understood or explained, if the mechanism is not in place for orchestrating the flow probable chaos evolves...

Keep up the good work, thanks for sharing...


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

loua - Thanks for your thoughtful comments. We may be closer to chaos evolving than anyone imagines.

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