Creative Obedience
Creative Praise

A Test Run

"Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 'Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see'" -- Daniel 1:11-13.

Like Moses' parents, Daniel was faced with a dilemma when he relocated to Babylon. He was expected to eat food that was not consistent with his kosher diet, but Daniel did not wish to defile himself with the king's food. His supervisor was concerned that Daniel's refusal would reflect badly on the supervisor, but eventually agreed to the ten-day test to see if Daniel's diet would work, which it did. The point is that Daniel had to be creative in his appeal not to eat from the king's table. He did not get angry, pitch a fit, or go on a hunger strike. He creatively appealed to the supervisor's self-interest (if the diet worked, it would make the supervisor look good). How creative are you when you are faced with a situation where you are required to do something that may be against your conscience or your values? Do you stop and look for a creative alternative, or is your thinking limited to the few options that seem to be available?

Lord, I want to apply creativity in my daily affairs. Help me not jump to conclusions too quickly, but give me the discipline to listen for the creative breeze that will blow through my life if my eyes and ears are fixed on you. I want to be like Daniel in the Babylon to which you have sent me.


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