A common new year’s greeting is to wish someone a prosperous new year. I believe it is sound biblical teaching that God’s people should prosper. True prosperity includes having material needs met, but it is also much more than that. True prosperity takes in health, relationships, accomplishments, and general, overall well-being. The basis of this prosperity is in the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit and our willingness to apply God’s word to the situations of our life. Psalm 1 gives a simple instruction of what to avoid, what to make sure we do, then ends by saying, “Whatever this person does will prosper.” This life will have soon passed us by, and we will have lived it in its fullness, or we will have missed our opportunity. Does it matter? Absolutely! God has placed us here for a reason, and how sad it would be if we left no mark upon this world once we were gone. How sad if we lose out on heavenly rewards that could be ours for doing what God has placed us here to do. How sad if we fail to be the positive kind of witness that would cause others to want to know God. Prosperity has a wide definition. I want to prosper, and it is my wish that you prosper, also.