DAY 16


And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another.

This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Fools fold their hands
    and ruin themselves.
Better one handful with tranquillity
    than two handfuls with toil
    and chasing after the wind.

Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

There was a man all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.




1. Consider what you do for a living. If you’re retired, consider what you do daily. Who are you toiling for? How do you need to shift what you’re or how you’re doing it to make sure you are working hard for God?

2. What do you need to do to establish a connection with or deepen your connection with the person in your life that pushes you further in your relationship with God?

Pray that God would reveal to you who you are toiling for as well as who you can connect with or connect to more to challenge and be challenged by in your faith.