Bible Verses

“If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.” — Matthew 5:40-42

When you focus on accomplishing an important goal, apply all your skills and resources.  Regardless of whether your plan applies to your career, family, friends,  business, a needy person, or to help someone else, focus your best effort.

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

Do not allow temporary challenges to divert you from achieving goals that are important to you.  Often, completing important, challenging objectives requires direct attention to a project for a significant period.  It is not unusual to experience challenges that cause you to question whether the goal is achievable.  After achieving your plan, you will treasure those challenges and understand they added meaning to your effort.  It takes dedication and a solid commitment to work through an effective program to achieve, but the satisfaction is overwhelming.

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

I was a good athlete in high school and college.  In high school, I played four sports: football, basketball, wrestling, and track.  In college, I played football on a full scholarship.  Completing the scholarship was a tremendous accomplishment that had many obstacles along the way.  My father was transferred from a small town in Northern California to Southern California halfway through my junior year.  It took all the focus and dedication I could generate to begin playing football at a new school during my senior year in high school.  By supporting the other players and working hard to help the team, I was successful.

After college, I became an officer in the Marine Corps.  Quickly, I needed a new goal to stay in shape.  After playing sports all those years, it wasn’t easy to keep in shape without the proper motivation.   I knew I needed a new goal that would last me for the rest of my life.  I thought about it for a few weeks.  Then I thought about running marathons.  That is something I could do for many years regardless of my profession.  I had never run more than three miles before thinking about running a marathon. 

After conducting a lot of research on marathon training, I created a running schedule that began with three miles a day, and after eight months, it ended with eighteen-mile runs at the end of each week. 

Jim Brandt – 1976 Washington DC


I was twenty-six years old when I ran in my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC, in 1976.  So far, I have run four marathons, and the last one was when I was fifty-five years old.    It was very challenging to stay in shape all those years, but it added a lot of value to my life.  I found time to do my daily runs, and I watched my diet my entire life.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Completing challenging goals is very difficult.  There were many times when I wanted to stop running and do things that were more fun.  However, the overwhelming satisfaction from achieving challenging goals elevates your entire life.  Make every effort to create essential goals for yourself, and make every effort to achieve those goals.  You will increase the value of your life.

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.