“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” – Colossians 3:23

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning.”– Philippians 2:14

“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” –  1 Peter 4:1

“ The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

Maintaining a Christian attitude means that you understand that all your skills, possessions, relationships, accomplishments, and knowledge are gifts from God.  When you were born, you possessed specific God-given talents that you used to advance your abilities. It is critical that you use talent created from God’s gifts to promote Christian beliefs while helping other people. 

Of course, it is very good to help people in need.  But we need to do more than just help a hungry person eat.  While we are helping the hungry person, we should help them understand Christian Values and how they can help themselves and other people at the same time.  One of the great aspects of Christian behavior is that you benefit personally from helping other people see how they can advance their life.  As you help more people and project Christian Values in the process, you benefit from helping everyone around you.  The pleasure gained from helping poor people support themselves provides many times more pleasure than increasing your bank account by the thousands.

Bill with friends near the Church

Ray was a young man who worked hard his entire life to be successful and experience the benefits of earning a good salary and developing friendships with other successful people.  He was a Christian his entire life and he did contribute some resources to help needy people and to support his Church. However, his focus was on becoming financially successful and traveling all over the world.

Ray had a cousin named Bill who grew up with Ray.  They both worked hard in school and worked hard to build a good foundation for a career.  However, Bill’s goals were different than Ray’s goals.  Bill saw some value in traveling, but he gained a lot of satisfaction from spending his free time working with people he could help.  He felt a lot of satisfaction from working with people who needed his help. 

After a few years, Ray had hundreds of friends he helped learn to support themselves.  Ray loved spending time with his friends while hosting barbecues or spending time together in local parks.  He made a lot of close friendships that provided him with a happy and productive life.  He did not need to travel all over the world, he was happy spending time with his friends wherever they were.

Ray continued to try to accumulate wealth.  He spent most of his time working to advance his position in life.  Ray was successful in accumulating a lot of wealth, but he did not have many people who shared his experiences.  As Ray grew older, he continued to work very hard and accumulate more wealth.  However, Ray spent very little time enjoying life or spending time with other people.

Bill invited Ray to one of his barbecue events.  Ray was amazed, there were over three hundred people at the event and Bill seemed to know all of them.  Ray was surprised at how much pleasure Bill felt from relating to all the people regardless of their status. 

Ray thought hard about the barbecue.  He thought about how hard he worked and how much money he earned.  But Bill experienced more pleasure from one event than Ray had in a year.  Bill felt real pleasure from being with so many people and did not require any wealth. 

One of the most amazing points was that Bill’s Christian beliefs were a part of the event.  They prayed before they ate, they talked about Christian values, and they expressed gratitude for everything God gave them. 

Ray was shocked at how Bill could put together such an event.  Bill told him that it was not him.  He was just following his Christian Beliefs.  If he maintained his Christian Attitude, he was able to help people and enjoy life at the same time.

There is nothing wrong with working hard in college to earn a good income.  The challenge is to understand that you need to have a Christian Attitude and support values that help other people experience both a happy life and Christian Values.   

Donating money to a charity is good, but working with people to promote Christian Values is critical.  We must strive to do both.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.