|SCRIPTURE: “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. At the end of the time set by the king to bring them in, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar.|
The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.” (Daniel 1:17-20 NIV)
Because they were living in captivity in a foreign land, it would have been easy for Daniel and his friends to wallow in mediocrity. These weren’t their dream jobs, so why bother?
Despite their circumstances, they chose to continually develop their skills and become the best at their jobs. In almost every story, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego receive credit for being like no one else.
Even as youths they dedicated themselves to learning and building their skills. Their work and dedication obviously paid off, because by the time we get to Daniel 6, things haven’t changed much.
Great leaders continue to grow and develop their gifts. This starts with a relationship with God that drives spiritual growth, but also includes dedication to your craft or calling. You may not be in an ideal situation or you may find yourself tired of doing the same role, but great leaders persevere and continue to find ways to grow.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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