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    I Resolve…

    I RESOLVE...

    But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

    Daniel 1:8

    Read the above verse a couple of times.  What stands out to you?  What words pop out when you read the verse?

    Does the word “resolved” stand out to you?

    What does it mean to resolve?

    Google second definition says to resolve is to “decide firmly on a course of action.”

    Daniel firmly decided on a course of action, and he moved forward based on his decision.  Daniel committed to stay pure and to honor God with his eating and drinking.

    My men’s group (DIBs – Dudes In the Basement) just started studying the book of Daniel, and we concentrated our discussion this week on this one verse.

    Resolve is not passive.  It’s not by accident.  And it’s not half-hearted.  It’s not out of guilt.

    Resolve is active.  It’s intentional.  It’s all-in.  It’s out of desire.

    If you want to change the world – If you want to change your family – If you want to change you, you have to move forward with conviction – with resolve.

    Take time today to ponder your purpose and to think about what you want to accomplish in your lifetime.  Resolve to make the changes today in order to move closer to these goals.  Finally, take action.  Don’t wait until tomorrow.

    What resolution do you need to make today?  Share your thoughts in the comments.