Because Life Is More than Money 

     “Daniel Boone was a man, yes, a big man! With an eye like an eagle and as tall as a mountain was he!...He was brave, he was fearless and as tough as a mighty oak tree! From the coonskin cap on the top of ol' Dan to the heel of his rawhide shoe; the rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est man the frontier ever knew!...And he fought for America to make all Americans free!  What a Boone, what a do-er, what a dream come-er true-er was he!” That’s the theme song of the Daniel Boone TV show I watched growing up. The lyrics make Daniel Boone sound like a really big man in stature and deeds. The TV show portrayed him as extremely strong in mind and body with a matter-of-fact, direct approach to life – an American hero!

     About 2,400 years before Daniel Boone was born another hero named Daniel was born - the Prophet Daniel. This Daniel is written down in the Bible. He is one of the few heroes and significant people written of in the Bible about which almost nothing written is bad. What’s written of him in scripture makes him seem perfect. And he was a hero in two nations – Babylon and Israel. Like Daniel Boone, the Prophet Daniel was matter-of-fact, direct and extraordinarily courageous.

     Though the pages written of these two Daniel’s are almost all positive, we know because they were human these two men were not perfect. No human is. All of us have treated God and others badly at least at times. We do not do as God asks of us. We get wrapped up in ourselves and ignore others and their needs. We selfishly guard to have plenty for ourselves though there are those we know that are truly short on the necessities of life. We are all jerks from time to time.

     The Bible makes a big deal of us knowing we are messed up. Else, we risk missing what is most essential to a good life – forgiveness from God by faith in Christ and to forgive others and to be forgiven by others. What a fit we are in without forgiveness.

     A common miss-read we can have about ourselves is that we are okay as we are. No one is okay as they are. Not Daniel Boone and not the Prophet Daniel. Not me and not you. One can be a murderous terrorist or a true hero, but neither is okay as they are. That’s why the Bible from cover to cover proclaims to everyone a Savior-Redeemer who is able to transform us into our full potential. This transformation is a life-long process.

     If we work with God, this transformation work of Christ on us will make us more valuable to others and to ourselves. From cover to cover the Bible also reads that it’s not okay to stay the way we are. When we are not changing towards our full potential, we are robbing others of the help we could otherwise be to them. When we are complacent about our messed up condition, it’s not just our self that suffers. It’s those that God planned for us to help. 

     So, even if you are already a hero like Daniel Boone or the Prophet Daniel, happy letting God have His way with you making you into the best person He designed you to be.

 Doug Johnson