by Nelson Price

DANIEL 1:1-8

Jesus Christ is depicted as our ideal for inspiration. We are
challenged to always be "looking unto Jesus, the author and
finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the
right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus had a rough and challenging road in life. Perhaps that is why
you have found you can relate to Him and more importantly why He
can relate to you.

A family with young children was walking a mountain path together.
It was a bit challenging to the children. One of them exclaimed,
"This is not a path at all. It is all rocky and bumpy. The older child
enjoying the challenge replied, "Sure, the bumps are what you
climb on."

Having observed many lives and read many biographies I have
never known of a person who achieved who didn't have a bumpy
path in all of life. Success resulted from learning to climb on the

We learn and grow by doing so. In a "Peanuts" cartoon, my favorite
theologian, Charlie Brown is complaining about his team always
losing. Trying to console him Lucy says, "Remember, Charlie
Brown, you learn more from your defeats than you do from your

Charlie replies, "That makes me the smartest man in the world."
You may feel you are Charlie's chief competition for "world's
smartest." Remember, bumps are what you climb on. While doing
so always keep your eyes on Jesus Who climbed His bumps.

Jesus Christ, Who masterfully climbed on the bumps in his path
said, "Come out from among them and be separated..."

God has always looked for His separated band that He might use
and bless. In the Old Testament is a classic example of some
youth who qualified without qualification.

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had conquered Jerusalem and
carried a number of the most choice youth back to Babylon. Note
these characteristic ...

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