Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the one all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. (Charles Francis Adams Jr, Civil War Union army officer)

Adams’ observation is as relevant today as it was a century-and-a-half ago. The “all-mighty dollar” seems to be the most sought-after goal for many in our 21st century society. For some, that’s what success is all about, and failure to achieve that goal is “unpardonable.” All of these ideas, however, are temporal and passing. We should be pursuing higher goals.

But seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).