"Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials,
to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the
royal family and the nobility—young men without any physical
defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning,
well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the
king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature
of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food
and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three
years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service" - Daniel 1:3-5.
In today's passage, we read how Daniel and his friends were transported from their homeland of Judah and brought to Babylon. Because they had much potential, they were chosen to be leaders and placed into a three-year development program. They had to learn a new language, new culture, and a new way of living with new 'foreign' names. After that, they were to enter a management training program that involved direct service to the king, the same king who had ransacked their homeland and killed family and friends. Leaders not only have to lead and manage change, they must deal with and embrace change in their own personal and leadership lives.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Today's Leadership Step is to read all of Daniel 1 with your journal close by. As you read, ask the Lord to show you the depth and pain of the transition that Daniel endured. What price did Daniel pay for leadership? What other changes in addition to the ones mentioned above did he encounter? What was Daniel's main concern when he began his training? Describe his attitude. What do you see that can help you with your own approach to change?