Amanda Bynes and Tiger Woods

Amanda Bynes Tiger Woods

If you do not know Amanda, your kids do. She is the latest Britney Spears…complete with all the fame, fortune, legal issues, and bizarre behavior. And who could forget the past five years Tiger Woods has experienced?

What do they have in common? They possess what a majority of kids say they want. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 81% of this generation of kids said their number one goal for adulthood is to be rich. 51% of kids say their second goal for adulthood is to be famous.

My experience suggests Christian kids are not much different. Having interviewed hundreds of Christian teens over the past decade, when asked what they want to be when they grow up, inevitably the majority answer with a profession involving fame and fortune.

Proverbs 23:4-5 tells us:

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”

Just as I am sure I will never win the lottery because God needs me to be focused on His will for my life, it is imperative my kids value the right things. We have to fight the culture that values fame and fortune above all else. Perhaps the great hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” puts it best: (Here is a great rendition by Hillsong.)

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace”

So, at every turn, it is my responsibility to use the examples so readily available in the news to point out the fleeting nature of fame and fortune. And, instead, point my kids to the true definition of success guaranteed by the Bible in Psalm 1:1-6.


Until next time,


About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→