Daniel 6:1, It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; 2and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. 3Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.

1 Timothy 2:9, likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.

1 Timothy 4:12, Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Titus 2:6, Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

This week we have been looking at the four keys to living a successful life based on the biblical example of Daniel’s life.  If you remember Daniel’s story, he was taken from his homeland at a young age and forced to live in a distant land and a hostile environment. Those are not exactly the circumstances that most of us think would lead to a truly successful life; however, Daniel exhibited four characteristics throughout his life that made him successful.

First, Daniel lived a life of purpose and second, he lived a life of principle.

The third key to Daniel’s success is that Daniel was upright in his business practices. In Daniel 6, we see that Daniel’s enemies were jealous of his success at the office, so they tried to find something bad to hold against him. In other words, Daniel was audited for all of his business practices. The Bible says, “Daniel’s enemies …could not find one charge or one fault, because he was faithful in all of his dealings.” Daniel 6:1-4

What about us? Are we faithful at the office? Are we upright in everything we do? If not, today is a good day to start.

Think about it…and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton


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