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Dan was a young man who went away for school. He actually attended a very prestigious institution. It wasn’t all his choice, but he decided to make the best of it. The university didn’t hold to the same values that he and a small group of his friends held. But, it opened up opportunities for learning and service that could change the future of nations.

Early in his educational experience Dan discovered that the cafeteria menu for students who excelled was modified with extras that compromised his religious values and health laws. Peer pressure weighed down on him and his friends. Bucking the system could cost him big time. But he persevered, even at the risk of losing his career and possibly his life. You can read his story in the Bible book that bears his name—Daniel.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).

There is a principal to staying fit that is hidden from a quick reading of this verse that will help you conquer the lifestyle choices that are hurtful to your body. It says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart…” That means appetite did not control Daniel’s choices. He was led by his brain, specifically the part of his mind that makes choices—the frontal lobe. Daniel exercised restraint and reason. He obviously grew hungry and needed to eat, but his desire for food did not supersede his power of choice.

Clear Choice


How often do we cave in to peer pressure or our own appetites when choosing which foods to eat? Daniel teaches that making a choice and sticking with it brings more satisfaction than some quick “high” from eating something we know is not good for our bodies. When we live reactively and take in whatever comes our way, are we not living more like animals than human beings? Daniel made a clear choice and put his brain before his tongue. He worked up a 10-day-plan. What were the results?

And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies... Then the king interviewed them, and among them all, none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. (Daniel 1:15-20).

Why not put to practice a 10-day-plan of putting your brain before your tongue? Watch it make a big difference in helping you stay fit.

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By Curtis Rittenour. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the
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