“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. “- 1 John 2:15-17

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, “ – Hebrews 12:1

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, …” – Ephesians 6:10-18

Our life here on earth is filled with distractions that can lead us away from a righteous Christian life.  It is important to live life as the Bible guides us and not focus the majority our attention on earthly desires.

It is important to live life while on earth and work to be successful for yourself and others.  However, do not allow the earthly goals to distract you from doing what is righteous.

Fred with a client

Fred is the owner of a small business he started shortly after college.  As his business grew, he began to focus more time and energy to grow the business even more.  After a couple of years, his focus was significantly more on his business than with his family and friends.

Fred was very fortunate because his father spent a lot of time with him while he was young to help him develop a solid foundation.  His father attended school and Church activities with Fred.  This gave Fred the support he needed to succeed in college and business.

Fred accumulated a significant amount of wealth and grew the business to include multiple locations and product lines.  He did not spend significant time with his family, friends, or Church like his father did.  Fred believed that accumulated wealth was the most important way to spend his time.

Unfortunately, Fred did not have the time to support all the needs of his children.  He began spending more and more time on his business and very little time with his family, friends, and Church.  Although he always had funds to donate to activities, he focused very little of his time away from his business. 

Fred’s family included a lot of family members. The overall family was spread among several states on both sides of the United States.  The family had a reunion one year.  Fred took time from his business to attend the reunion.  The reunion lasted two weeks.

When Fred spent time with all his relatives (over 125 people) he was amazed at how solid their families were.  One big point he learned was how more time his other relatives spent with their family, friends, and Church.  Fred thought about how little time he spent with his children as they were growing.  When he saw how happy the families of his relatives were, he realized that he had the wrong priorities.  He needed to spend enough time at work to support the family, but not to neglect his family to generate wealth he would probably not spend anyway.  When he noticed how happy some of his family members were that had significantly less wealth than Fred had, he realized that he should have focused more time and energy on his family, friends, and Church.  He spent all this time building wealth he will never spend, yet he missed so much time with his family and friends.  If he had been involved with his Church more, he might have had different priorities.  At least, now he will do his best to focus his efforts on improving his life and the lives of his family, friends, and others.

Although it is important to focus enough energy on earning a living to support your family, it should not be your only priority.  Earning more money than you need to support your family and friends is a distraction.  The drive to earn significant wealth can distract a person from supporting those people around them and focusing attention on the important parts of life, family, friends, other people, and Church.

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.