While sitting in my favorite chair, I began thinking further on yesterday’s (ever so well received) message, and I read the following: “Throughout history, affluenza has infected great empires to one degree or another. To find examples, you need look no further than the Bible. Perhaps the greatest human example of affluenza was King Solomon, who enjoyed a life of excess and splendor unlike any other in history. He directed great public works projects, built palatial houses, planted lush vineyards and gardens, had large numbers of servants, and generated tremendous riches—so much that gold and silver were as abundant as stones in Jerusalem in his day. To top it off, he had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Whatever he wanted, he got. Yet Solomon, the wisest and one of the richest men who ever lived, wrote, ‘Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun’ Despite his great wealth and accomplishments, Solomon felt unsatisfied. As with so many, affluenza does not satisfy. The more one has, the more one wants.” Affluenza appears to have entered the pop culture lexicon as a combination of two words: affluent and influenza.  Affluenza, as it’s been labeled, is a contagious, addictive virus making us believe too much is never enough. It refers to the single-minded pursuit of accumulating wealth and success, which results in damaging relationships and causes anxiety. It is interesting we can be so restless amid so much abundance.

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 5:10
“The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity.”

Reflection Questions:
What satisfies you?
Why does wealth damage relationships?
With so much abundance, why is there so much restlessness?

Prayer: Holy God, keep me focused on contentment and lead me toward deep joy.  Let the enticement of the powers and principals dissipate, for today I choose to serve you. Amen