1. Daniel teaches teens to excel in all things.
Colossians 3:23 commands us to do everything as if we’re doing it for God and not for men.
This includes situations which we balk or have no desire to endure. For instance, teens may struggle to roll out of bed to enter the hostile environment of high school.
Daniel and his three friends exceeded in all areas of their Babylonian education, although they had strayed far beyond their comfort zone. They did so well, that they surpassed the wise men in the land 10 times (Daniel 1:20). Because of this, the king took notice and favored them.
The world has their eyes peeled on Christians. If we submit a half-hearted effort on a project, cheat on an assignment, or give a lukewarm performance in an after-school club or sport, it reflects poorly on ourselves and our Christian community.
Even if we attend a Christian school or homeschool co-op, whenever we encounter a non-Christian school in a competition or event, they will hold us to the same standard.
I attended a school called Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Whenever we played another team in sports, and they suspected us of cheating, they would often say, “They should take the Christian out of their school’s name.”
Daniel and his friends understood that their identity as God’s people carried an extreme importance when they entered Babylon.
They could skirt by, just learning the basics of the Babylonian language and hoping to fade in the background, and thus, affect no change for the kingdom. Or they could do everything to the best of their ability, to catch the attention and favor of someone in higher authority.
When someone in a lofty position takes notice of a person, they tend to give them a platform to speak, which means a greater chance to speak about the life-changing grace of Christ.
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