Daniel 3:8-18, verse 18 text

Think about the story of three Hebrew children and read verses 1-7.

It is said of Daniel: The lions could not eat Daniel because he had backbone.  So many today have only wishbone where the backbone ought to be. Daily we are making choices.  The poet was wrong when he said:

Once to every man and nation,

Comes the moment to decide,

In the fight ‘twixt truth and falsehood,

Between the good or evil side.

Not once, but daily we are making choices.  Our tomorrows are determined by the choices we make today.  The continuous choices we make mold our characters and determine our destinies. The three Hebrew children made the right choices, and it determined their destiny.

In his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl wrote of his days in prison: “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been little in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  freedom to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances.”

I like what Shakespeare said:  “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves. Each one of us is free to chart our destiny in the exercise of choice.”


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