Entrepreneurial Vocation. 10.10.11 & 2.2.12

by Aaron K.

From Evernote:

Entrepreneurial Vocation. 10.10.11 & 2.2.12

In fact, entrepreneurial capitalism requires a whole host of virtues. Before entrepreneurs can invest capital, for instance, they must accumulate it. So unlike gluttons and hedonists, entrepreneurs set aside rather than consume much of their wealth. Unlike misers and cowards, however, they risk rather than hoard what they have saved, providing stability for those employed by their endeavors. Unlike skeptics, they have faith in their neighbors, their partners, their society, their employees, “in the compensatory logic of the cosmos.” Unlike the self-absorbed, they anticipate the needs of others, even needs that no one else may have imagined. Unlike the impetuous, they make disciplined choices. Unlike the automaton, they freely discover new ways of creating and combining resources to meet the needs. This cluster of virtues, not the vice of greed, is the essence of what the Reverend Robert Sirico calls the “entrepreneurial vocation.” -Jay Richards, ‘Money, Greed and God’

The excerpt above was from a section describing Gods infinitely wise design of the marketplace and the virtues that govern it’s advancement. Many abstain from the marketplace vocations for they feel it is a system controlled by greed…when in reality it more than any other sphere in society is built upon the very character of God. Saving, investing, exercising faith, providing security for workers, focusing on needs of others, being disciplined, creating new value…all reflecting Gods glory and character. The free market quickly rewards these virtues and quickly punishes their opposing vices…for business is designed by God to serve his creation. Action. My sons, God is in everything, so whatever sphere of life He calls you vocationally, know that he designed it to function best when His character is best reflected, so make that the overarching goal you pursuit.