The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table…. 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 1:5, 8

Daniel was a captive in a pagan country, a young man forced to serve another country’s government. He obediently went into their training program but insisted on eating only food that was kosher under Jewish law. This was an essential part of his Jewish faith—and essential to operate at his best. He had the courage to stand up to his captors, even though they didn’t understand his commitment, and seek an arrangement that would satisfy them without defiling himself.

When we commit ourselves to The Daniel Plan lifestyle, we will sometimes have to say no to an old way of living in order to say yes to caring for the body and soul God has given us. We’re saying yes to abundance, yes to health, and yes to having the energy to serve him. What will you say yes to today?

Food for Thought: Sometimes we need to say no to something in order to say yes to God.