Decisiveness Lesson 2 Making Present Commitments to Avoid Future Fail

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Osprey, raptors, Daniel and bold decisions made in advance of having to put them into place... how are they alike? When the time comes, having the decision made can make the difference between life and death.

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Decisiveness~ Lesson 2 Making Present Commitments to Avoid Future Failures :

Decisiveness~ Lesson 2 Making Present Commitments to Avoid Future Failures Character Sketches, Vol. 1 IBLP, 1986, pages 340-351 Information also drawn from CharacterFirst !, www.theCharacterJournal.com as well as various Character Council & other informational websites   1 Peter 5:8      Be sober,  be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… A bird of prey A wingspan of 6 feet Loves fish From Scripture… A leader from his youth Was orphaned by his enemies Was committed to Jehovah

The Osprey or Fish Hawk:

The Osprey or Fish Hawk The name "Osprey" made its first appearance around 1460, via the Medieval Latin phrase for "bird of prey" ( avis prede ). Some wordsmiths trace it further back, to Latin for "bone-breaker"— ossifragus . This predator is the provincial bird of  Nova Scotia, Canada, & Sodermanland , Sweden.

Range & Habitat:

Range & Habitat *live on every continent (except Antarctica) *are found along rivers, lakes, marshlands, coastal inlets * stick nests ~ in the open on poles, channel markers, & dead trees, often over water

Scientific name - Pandion haliaetus:

Scientific name -  Pandion haliaetus Diet - fish, which they catch live with a truly impressive hunting dive. Ospreys can hunt from heights of up to 100’ above the water & can “twist” the catch to head into the wind. Home - messy nests high enough to avoid predators of young…

How are they “decisive”?:

How are they “decisive”? Fishing is absolutely its primary activity & is very focused & accurate … However, sometimes you must choose your battles for survival & future successes Eagles & ospreys frequent similar habitats & sometimes battle for food. Eagles often force osprey to drop fish that they have caught & steal them in midair. http://www.youtube.com/v/gvWUv1N45XE

Following the osprey….:

Following the osprey….

No fault was found in him…:

No fault was found in him… Early commitments enabled him to avoid 4 failures. Discipline during a time of plenty Boldness in the face of danger A forecast of defeat Death rather than disobedience to God

Daniel, a captive prince:

Daniel, a captive prince  (606 BC), Daniel & his three friends were among the young Jewish nobility carried off to Babylon. The four were chosen for their intellect and beauty to be trained as advisers to the Babylonian court

The advantage of commitments…discipline:

The advantage of commitments…discipline He purposed he would not defile himself … Daniel 1:8 The first test was whether or not to eat the king’s food… Since it was unclean, it was prohibited (Lev. 11) so he offered a substitute & humbly proved his case.

The advantage of commitments…boldness:

The advantage of commitments…boldness Reveal the dream & the king’s impending madness, or not? He stayed true to truth.. tactfully telling the king he would pay the consequences for his sin for a period of 7 years…

The advantage of commitments…truth in forecasting defeat:

The advantage of commitments…truth in forecasting defeat Daniel was protected by God, who then used Nebuchadnezzar as a testament to His power, to be repeated later with Neb’s grandson… the writing on the wall…

The advantage of commitments… death rather than disobedience to God:

The advantage of commitments… death rather than disobedience to God the lion’s den

Why not… whisper the advice, let “nature” take its course, find a way to be away, or pray in secret??:

Why not… whisper the advice, let “nature” take its course, find a way to be away, or pray in secret?? Daniel is a model of respectful service to an earthly king, but prepared & solid service to the King of Creation in a willingness to test wrong laws & appeal to Heaven for protection & intervention.

Final thoughts…:

Final thoughts… Be like Daniel, sober, vigilant… Remember to daily make those strong commitments & an equally strong appeal to heaven.

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