For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
1 John 2:16 (New Living Translation)
For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:16 (New International Version)
Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
1 John 2:16 (The Message)
Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
Proverbs 4:23 (New Living Translation)
Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (New International Version)
Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
Proverbs 4:23 (The Message)
The diligent find freedom in their work;
the lazy are oppressed by work.
Proverbs 12:24 (The Message)
Diligent hands will rule,
but laziness ends in slave labor.
Proverbs 12:24 (New International Version)
Work hard and become a leader;
be lazy and become a slave.
Proverbs 12:24 (New Living Translation)
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (New Living Translation)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (New International Version)
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (The Message)
Teach us to make the most of our time,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 (New Living Translation)
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisd
Psalm 90:12 (New International Version)
Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Psalm 90:12 (The Message)
Realizing that life is short helps us use the little time we have more wisely and for eternal good. Take time to number your days by asking, “What do I want to see happen in my life today? What small step could I take toward that purpose today?”
It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New Living Translation)
Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New International Version)
Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift!
Ecclesiastes 5:19 (The Message)
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3:14 (New Living Translation)
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:14 (New International Version)
And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Colossians 3:14 (The Message)