As Christians, there are so many times when distractions begin to lead us away from our God.
Now, I've never played for a basketball team, but whenever I go to a basketball game and it comes down to the final minute, I always wonder how the players must be feeling in those last few seconds. For the player with the ball, I imagine there are tons of distractions going on - you've got other players to worry about, other teammates shouting at you, your coach yelling at you, you've got the time to look up at - not to meantion all the fans in the stands yelling and waving at you... it's probably very difficult to stay focused on the basket.
We as Christians have to stay focused on "the basket" - which of course is our main goal of Heaven. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul gives us a warning that our struggle is with the dark world. Think about the example of Samson - he had a mission - a CLEAR mission - but he let himself become distracted with a woman. It's very important to remember that we can't be focused on the will of God while being focused on ourselves.
God needs and deserves our full attention. Satan is trying to divert that attention toward him... and we give it to him when we become caught up and focused on ourselves and the cares of this world.
We have to stay focused on God and his commandments. Keep your eyes on the basket.