On Monday, Ruth wrote about saying #sorrynotsorry and showing off your love, despite looking like an odd man out.
Her message reminded me of the story of Daniel (I know – a classic). While my interpretation here is not unique, I always think it’s inspiring to read the stories of people who lived their faith despite immeasurable odds. Daniel provides many examples. SO, as a refresher, here’s the knock-off spark notes versions:
- First, Daniel and his buds get drafted into the king’s army and ordered to eat a bunch of junk food and have allll the booze. Daniel was like “Nah, fam that’s not what God would want” so he and his friend’s found a loophole. God gave them crazy cool skills and they were stronger than all the other people. God:1 King:0 (Daniel 1)
- Later, the king made a golden statue of himself and people were supposed to bow down and worship it (real humble guy) and Daniel’s besties was like “yeah, no #sorrynotsorry” and even though they all had super high positions, they still got thrown into a furnace where they were supposed to die but God saved them and the king worshipped God. God: 2 King: 0 (Daniel 3)
- A little bit later, after Daniel had gotten another promotion, a bunch of his coworkers got jealous and convinced the king to make it illegal to pray to anything other than the king. Again, Daniel was like #sorrynotsorry and so they threw him into a lion’s den. He lived because God was on his side and the king was like “whoa hey that God is legit.” God: 3 King: 0 (Daniel 6)
Now, if you were raised in a church, these stories probably seem pretty familiar. But, for me, every time I hear them I am reminded to ask myself how can I be like Daniel today? What should I say #sorrynotsorry to? Participating in the latest gossip sesh? Turning in only mediocre work? Ignoring my friend who asked for a ride? How will my witness benefit (or be hurt) by what I am about to do?
When we listen closely to God and say #sorrynotsorry to things of this world, we grow closer to God as disciples and servants, all the while, allowing our hearts to be shaped more in his image.