Daily Text

Monday, May 24

My Father has kept working until now, and I keep working.—John 5:17.

There is no doubt that Jehovah and Jesus derive satisfaction from work. The Bible indicates Jehovah’s satisfaction with his creative work when it says: “God saw everything he had made and, look! it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) Solomon likewise appreciated the value of meaningful work. (Eccl. 3:13) Many humans understand the value of honest work. For instance, José, a successful artist, says, “When you are able to paint on the canvas the picture you have in mind, you feel as if you had conquered a high mountain.” Miguel, a businessman, notes: “Work gives satisfaction because it enables you to provide for your family. It can also give you a sense of achievement.” Many times, however, the person who struggles hard to succeed ends up bitter and frustrated, realizing that he has kept “working hard for the wind.”—Eccl. 5:16.

Lunes 24 de mayo

Mi Padre ha seguido trabajando hasta ahora, y yo sigo trabajando (Juan 5:17).

Sin lugar a dudas, Jehová y Jesús obtienen satisfacción de su trabajo. La Biblia dice que Jehová se sintió muy complacido con su obra creativa: “Vio Dios todo lo que había hecho y, ¡mire!, era muy bueno” (Gén. 1:31). Salomón también supo apreciar el valor del trabajo que tiene sentido (Ecl. 3:13). Hoy también muchas personas aprecian el valor del trabajo honrado. Un afamado pintor de nombre José comenta: “Cuando uno es capaz de plasmar en el lienzo la imagen que ve en su mente, se siente como el escalador que conquista una elevada montaña”. Y Miguel, hombre de negocios, observa: “El trabajo te brinda satisfacción porque te permite mantener a tu familia; también puede darte un sentido de logro”. Sin embargo, muchas veces la persona que lucha por triunfar termina amargada y frustrada, reconociendo que ha estado “trabajando duro para el viento” (Ecl. 5:16).

3 responses to “Daily Text

  1. In conclusion, what really makes life worthwhile? We feel true satisfaction if we use our brief time in this system of things to do good and to please Jehovah. We can build up a close relationship with God, we can pass on spiritual values to our children, we can help others to know Jehovah, and we can forge lasting friendships with our brothers and sisters. (Gal. 6:10) All these endeavors have permanent value and bring blessings to those who achieve them. Solomon used a very interesting comparison to describe the value of doing good. He said: “Send out your bread upon the surface of the waters, for in the course of many days you will find it again.” (Eccl. 11:1) Jesus urged his disciples: “Practice giving, and people will give to you.” (Luke 6:38) Furthermore, Jehovah himself promises to reward those who do good toward others.—Prov. 19:17; read Hebrews 6:10.

  2. The Bible urges us to make wise decisions while we are still young regarding how we will use our life. In that way, we will be able to avoid frustration in later years. (Eccl. 12:1) How sad it would be if we were to waste the best years of our life chasing the attractions of the world, only to find that they are no more substantial than the wind!

  3. We too can establish a good name with God. Having a good reputation in Jehovah’s eyes is for us far more valuable than having riches. (Read Matthew 6:19-21.) Every day, we can find ways to do things that are good in Jehovah’s eyes and that will enrich our lives. For example, we can share the good news with others, strengthen our marriage and our family, and deepen our spirituality by personal study and meeting attendance. (Eccl. 11:6; Heb. 13:16) So, then, do you want to enjoy a truly worthwhile life? If so, keep on following Solomon’s counsel: “Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man.”—Eccl. 12:13.

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