But not necessarily a prosperous one. Not because I do not wish you all success, but because we need to remember that profit is not the goal in and of itself. Today’s epistle from the Book of Common Prayer’s Daily Office reminds us of this quite succinctly.
James 4:13-17 — Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.