“…“As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge
and skill in all literature….” Daniel 1:17
“…“As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature….”
Imagine yourself in Daniel’s predicament. The king has told you, a Jewish teenager, what you’re going to eat and drink. But there’s a problem: God has said that the food on the king’s menu is prohibited. Could you stand up to that kind of pressure?
Many people don’t think teens have what it takes to do what’s right in a case like this—or in similar situations where it would cost them something to take a moral stand. Parents often think that the teenage years are simply a time to endure. But instead of dwelling on the difﬁcul- ties they will face, we ought to think of the opportunities we have to encourage them to do what is right.
I think Daniel, the teen who was challenged to stand up to the king in God’s name, must have had people who taught him to make right choices. And it showed, for he boldly challenged the king’s rules.
Many teens have the love for God and wisdom that Daniel displayed. What they need is guid- ance and encouragement, not a prejudiced, negative attitude about the younger generation. Help the teens you know to develop the courage of Daniel.
Children tend to rise to the level of their parents’ expectations. Get involved in the lives of teenagers around you; stay connected, motivate and mentor them. Afﬁrming their importance with words and actions, expect them to do what’s right, even if it won’t be popular. Help them set their standards high like Daniel’s.
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