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Afán has been an interesting word to pin down. It means toil, effort, desire or labor. For the most part I have seen afán used positively. Though you are talking about toil or work it is in an area that you truly enjoy. For example, one may work for a non-profit organization and not make much money, but consider it a joy to labor in that environment because the satisfaction makes up where the money lacks.

Occasionally it can be a synonym of preocupar or, to worry. Jesus told His disciples to “take no thought for the morrow.” That idea of taking no thought is rendered in the Spanish Bible with the word afanar. Whether it is a labor of love or an insignificant toil Jesus was telling His close friends that they should not expend any effort to worry about the next day.


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