Blessings

‘Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,’

Daniel 1:9

If you grew up in church, you probably cut your teeth (so to speak) on stories of Daniel in the lions’ den. 

You may also have heard about Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, who faced a similar—ahem—degree of persecution. (Okay, we’ll stop now.) 

But wait! There’s so much more! Read on to discover seven things about Daniel we think you’ll find fascinating!

Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing the story of Daniel (one of my favorite books of the bible. And not just because we have the same name. lol)

Let’s get back to the verse and put it into perspective.  

Daniel did not want to defile himself before God.  So he asked the guard to allow him and his friends to only eat vegetables and none of the food that was not prepared by the customs of his people. 

The guard was not at all ready to allow him to do so.  In fact, he was downright scared to let this happen. Because the king would kill him if he allowed these young men to get weak and not be as healthy as the others.  

Daniel used a special power. Ok it’s not really all that special, it’s a power that God gave to all of us.  We just have to figure out how to use it.  

He used the power of persuasion to get the guard to allow them to eat only the non-defiled food.  

Daniel said, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.”

Notice he didn’t say, “We won’t eat no matter what you do to us.”  Or, “Why not just let us do what we want or we won’t be of any help to you.”

He knew that talking like that wouldn’t have gotten him anywhere.  

You see Daniel was not just good at interpreting dreams, he had a way with words. He had tact.  

Winston Churchill once said, “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”

I know that Daniel had tact, so much in fact that he did convince the guard to allow them to eat only vegetables and drink only water.  

Then the Lord blessed them by keeping them healthy.

Have you ever thought of Daniel being tactful?

Today we want you to think about the last time your words were blessed by God.  Think back to the last conversation you had, did you use tact?

Prayer

Lord today we come to you with an open heart, open mind, and open soul.  We have a few favors to ask of you.  First God we would ask that you bless everything we eat to be as nourishing as what Daniel and his friends ate.  Second, we would like to ask that you bless our words, actions, and attitudes to be as tactful as Daniel’s were.  We know that you blessed his words and opened the ears of the guard so that he could hear what Daniel and his friends really needed.  We pray that you would bless our words the same way.  To give us what we need. Help us to realize that what we need and what we want sometimes are two completely different things though.  God, thank you for giving us the opportunity to share Daniel’s story with others.  Thank you for writing our story so that we can share it too.  Thank you for every gift you have ever given us.

Amen

Will you pray with us?

Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation

All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel

For all military personal serving our country and their families

Those in Leadership positions throughout the world

Prayer

Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts.  We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us.  We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us.  And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.

We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name

Amen

A Little More

 The other day I got a call from one of our clients.

I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.

“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”

My smile immediately vanished.

I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.

So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?” 

To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.

They gave me the details.

My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.

But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.

My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.

I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.

so……

I made sure not to smile when I made the call.  I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!

That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.

Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!

Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal.  I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad. 

Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.

The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.

No problem.  Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.

Well……..

After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.

Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.

I told him that I would NOT make any promises.

But my team went to work!

Guess what????

We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.

My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.

Here’s the point of all this.

When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.

That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.

Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol

Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!

Dan Greer