How do your decisions today effect others tomorrow?
“As soon as the king heard this, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel, and he labored until sundown to rescue him.“
When the king made the decree that no one in the kingdom could not pray to any God or person other than the king for the next 30 days he didn’t think about how it effect his beloved friend and advisor, Daniel. Daniel was faithful, and the men who convinced the king to issue the rule knew that Daniel would continue to pray to God for guidance. What they didn’t realize is that God was allowing to happen for a reason. So he could be glorified.
What decisions have you made that effect others lately? Did you say something that you could take back? Maybe you forgot to drain a hose and it froze then your spouse went to use it and it was full of holes? We all make decisions everyday that effect others. There is no way to make a decision that wont affect someone else.
The question I have is when was the last time you prayed before making a decision? When was the last time you prayed before you went into a meeting, or made a call? I am guilty of trying to rely on my own wits a lot, just like king Darius did. Then just like king Darius I try extremely hard to make it right but fail and have to depend on God. That’s what God wants us to do, lean on him all the time. The bible doesn’t say that the king prayed earnestly but I would guess that he prayed all night long to God. God was generous to Daniel because he found that he did not do anything wrong. I would also say that he was generous to the king by saving Daniel.
Lord we pray today that you guide our every decision. We know that you work in ways that we may never see. We know that everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t understand we know that you do and that is good enough reason for us. God as go through our day we hope that your spirit will guide us. Allow it to guide us through our every action, allow us to give you full control of our lives. God we are thankful that you
are involved in our lives and that you help us. Lord we thank you for all of the abilities that you have giving us. Thank you God. Thank you.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!