In your quest to live a God-centered life, you must avoid the aimlessness that comes with a religious pursuit that ignores the practical. A religion that ignores the practical, day-to-day living will mold people that are irrelevant to the socio-economic sphere of their world. You should not be so fixated on the afterlife that you do not have a life on earth. That mindset is not consistent with the teachings of Jesus. It is not consistent with the ancient, sacred scriptures. A call to serve God and make him the center of your life is not a call to mediocrity, irrelevance and underachievement.
Consider this passage: Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life” (Mark 10:28-30 ESV). We see Jesus making promises on both sides of eternity. He did not insist that earthly life did not matter.
Avoid the trap of bland religion. A religion that emphasises a glorious afterlife without offering a pathway to maximise your life on earth is not consistent with the teachings of Jesus. A religion that confines women to house chores and child-bearing is not of God. A watchman must combine spirituality with rationality and practicality. The goal of spirituality is the intelligence to achieve superior results in life. This never happens when you practise a religion that is not practical. A God-centered life will maximize your spiritual gift in a way that enriches your life on earth. Your service to God will help others enjoy their life, and improve their lives here on earth.