Learning new things can be hard work. Are you reading a hard book? Are you prepared for the challenge as well as the fun of learning? Do you attack your work in the same way a top athlete trains and practices? Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (also called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) were in an interesting “school.” They had been taken from their homes in Jerusalem to be trained to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. They were to be educated for three years and served the royal food. But the four young Israelites refused the rich food and wine, choosing vegetables and water instead. God blessed them and increased their wisdom and skill. When the king commanded that his counselors tell what he had dreamed and what it meant, Daniel told his friends to pray. He was the only one able to fulfill the king’s requirement. Here are three things that anyone could learn from the wise young Israelites.

STEP 1: EAT RIGHT: Daniel knew that the food served at the palace was delicious but unhealthy. He and his friends disciplined their appetites, because the stomach and the brain are connected. You too can keep your mind body in shape by eating balanced meals and healthy snacks.

STEP 2: STUDY WELL: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to learn the Chaldean language as well as its literature. They were able and willing to study hard, and God rewarded their efforts. A world of interesting facts and skills awaits you. Go for it.

STEP 3: PRAY HARD: As gifted as Daniel was in interpreting dreams, only God could help him tell the king’s dream. Daniel and his friends asked for God’s help-and they got it. God wants to help you learn as much as you can. Ask for his help.

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