*sorry the text is so late today! I meant to post it last night before I went to bed, but I fell asleep while I was working on another post (which I'll back-date to yesterday as soon as I'm finished, since it's half-done already)
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
"I consider them as a lot of refuse, that I may gain Christ." (Philippians 3:8)
To help us along the path to life, God’s Word provides us with many fine role models. Jesus, for example, was the most gifted human who ever lived, yet he focused on that which would help people forever—“the good news of the kingdom.” (Luke 4:43) In order to give Jehovah his best, the apostle Paul abandoned a promising career and used his time and energy to preach the good news. Timothy, “a genuine child in the faith,” imitated Paul’s fine example. (1 Timothy 1:2) Did Jesus, Paul, and Timothy regret their course in life? By no means! In fact, Paul said that he regarded what the world has to offer as “a lot of refuse” compared with the privilege of serving God. Do not become envious of those who are making the most of this world. Storing up “treasures in heaven” is the most secure investment you can make and the only one with everlasting benefits.—Matthew 6:19, 20; 1 John 2:15-17.
(Watchtower issue: 04/15/08, 3:17, 19)