The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank… But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. ~ Daniel 1:5, 8
Daniel was a prisoner in a foreign land and was pretty much at the control of the king. But Daniel knew what was best for him and his body. He chose to follow what God was telling him to do vs. this earthly king that could kill him at a moments notice. And, let’s face it, the king’s food sounds pretty darn yummy compared to what Daniel was choosing to eat. But, he knew that God was telling him “this” not “that” is what will be the best fuel for your body, make you healthy, and help you be your best you. So Daniel said no to the king and yes to God.
It’s hard to say no, even when we know it’s the best thing for us. But sometimes we have to say no so we can say yes! Say no to the unhealthy lifestyle we currently live so we can start feeling better, living better and rid ourselves of unnecessary illness. Say no to Starbucks or eating out everyday so we can buy healthier nutrition for us and our family. Say no to overworking so we can yes to more time with our family. Say no to indulgences and wants so we can yes to a better quality of life with our family. There are many possibilities.
So today, I challenge you to ask yourself…what do you need to say NO to, so you can say YES to something better!