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December 23, 2009

Chapter-a-Day Daniel 8

Balancing act.  "I, Daniel, walked around in a daze, unwell for days. Then I got a grip on myself and went back to work taking care of the king's affairs. But I continued to be upset by the vision. I couldn't make sense of it." Daniel 8:27 (MSG)

Life is a balancing act. Daniel's visions and dreams rattled him and left him incapacitated for a short period of time, but he eventually had to get a grip and get back to the mundane tasks of his job and everyday life. I've witnessed individuals who are so consumed with the everyday distractions of life that they make no time for the things of God. I've also witnessed those who are so consumed with spiritual matters that they neglect their everyday responsibilities. They are "so heavenly minded they are no earthly good."

God, grant me the ability to so balance life that I may manage my everyday responsibilities well while, at the same time, living in the conscious, consuming Light of your presence.

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Keep it to yourself.
It refers to the far future.'

I find it interesting that Daniel is given such a vision that disturbs him, yet he is told not to prophesy or share it. Wow. I have a hard time keeping mundane things to myself. What if you knew a large future event like this and God told you to bite your lip? It's a good reminder to me today to be slow to speak. I always have an opinion on matters and I need to process and think before speaking.

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