When in Rome… Don’t drink the kool-aid!

As I was reading Daniel 6, it struck me that Daniel was able to please both God and man.  Here he is captive under a 3rd king, in his 80’s and he is still a person of power in this kingdom. Yet, he doesn’t believe what they believe, worship who they worship, or behave the way they behave. He and his friends have remained faithful to God in a very public way while working hard at the jobs given to them. This has pleased both God and man. Often times in our worldly surroundings we feel we have to adopt the behaviors and actions of those around us to be accepted. There is even a saying “When in Rome…” and it isn’t just a young person thing. We mature adults do it all the time. At work, with our non-believing neighbors, at the supermarket. We as adults need to do better at this and be positive role models for our children so they grow up strong in their faith and stand solidly on it regardless of their surroundings. It IS possible to please both God and man.  Work hard – at our job, in our relationship, everything we do – and remember to always thank God and share God in a very public way and never compromise our beliefs! We will glorify God and we will glorify those around us.

My take away is this: be CtK Michelle no matter where I am, and teach my kids to do the same.

Go with the flow…

My reflection on Daniel 1:

Today I began reading the book of Daniel. In chapter 1, Daniel and 3 friends are captured and taken to Babylon. In the scriptures it says that God allowed all this to happen. It was the “flow”, Gods flow, that was taking place in their lives. These men had a choice, they could either go with the flow, or fight against the flow. They chose to go with the flow and honor God all the way. They went where God led them and they did what God led them to do, according to what they had been taught.

This past week while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, 2 men, a father and son, we’re doing what you do at the beach. They were swimming in the ocean. They were in chest deep water when out of nowhere they were caught in a rip tide. In the moment they had to decide, fight against it or let it take them out to sea. They chose to fight. In the end, the father, 68 years old, and his son were both overtaken by the water and both went under. They were both pulled from the water by rescuers and in the end,  the son was revived but the father was not.

God’s plan for our lives is a lot like that rip current. It is strong. Way stronger than we are and when faced with this current, we have to choose, fight against it, or go with the flow.  If we fight, we are eventually going to tire out and go under. We may survive it, or we may not.  However, if we float along the current to the destination we are destined to get to,eventually the strong current will end and then we can swim back to shore, peacefully and safely, with God by our side, cheering us on all the way.

So, I choose to go with the flow, God’s flow and see where it takes me.  It’s far safer, and less tiring, than fighting against it.

*** Please pray for the family who lost their Grandfather and father in this incident at Myrtle Beach. They woke up that day, just as Daniel, thinking its just another day at the beach. By 3pm, life as they knew it was changed forever. They lost someone they loved dearly.  My thoughts and prayers are with them.***