What do vroom-vroom, a fat house, and a free-flowing tributary have in common?

Today my friend Evan asked, “Do you live in affluence? You can. It’s a choice you make.”
That set me to thinking, what is affluence? Do I live “large” as I’ve heard some say? Do I live an affluent life? More importantly, how do I define “affluence?”
So, I looked it up in several dictionaries because that’s what I do. Most all the definitions had to do with what most people in this day and age think of…wealth, money, big cars, houses, luxury stuff. Stuff I call over the top. Stuff that might be ostentatious depending on the owner’s motives.
In a thesaurus I found “of substance” as a synonym for affluent. It was obvious substance meant the usual moneyed measure, but some the thesaurus definitions of substance are: meaningfulness, significance, importance, import, validity, foundation. For me those are the very concepts that underlie and bring affluence to life.
I quote Evan Mehlenbacher here: The affluence of God is spiritual mindedness, generosity, care, kindness, compassion, patience, wisdom and love expressed. It is qualities of God reflected.
In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy states: “Man is tributary to God, Spirit, and to nothing else. God’s being is infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.”
That is most interesting because an archaic definition of the noun affluent is…ta-da…you guessed it…a tributary stream.
AND a definition of the adjective affluent (also labeled archaic) is…drum roll…flowing freely or in great quantity.
I don’t have to spell this all out. You can easily see the progression from water as a life force to material goods flowing freely. You can also see the almost lost progression from life force to all those reflected God-qualities mentioned above. Elsewhere Mrs. Eddy speaks about “the river of His pleasure” flowing into the humble, trusting heart. She defines “the river of His pleasure” as the tributary of divine Love.
It’s about definition, value, motive, choice. Being true to your authentic self will pay those bills and allow affluence to flow freely.


*Psalms 36:8 KJV
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.


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