Pollution is a problem. Polluting is the act of introducing a substance or a thing that has harmful or poisonous effects to an environment. Top pollution concerns in America include: air pollution, pollution of lakes and rivers, and pollution of drinking water.
CWM does a great job at controlling pollution. For example, we have worksite erosion supervisors who inspect worksites to make sure we don’t negatively impact the environment. Our plants are equipped with bag houses that help maintain air quality. We have spill kits, policies, and safety measures that help ensure we protect people and the places we work.
While we don’t want to pollute the environment; today, I want to encourage you to not pollute yourself. Guard your life from harmful, hurtful, and poisonous things that negatively impact you.
Daniel was a man who guarded his life, set good boundaries, and determined not to pollute himself. His story is told in the Bible book bearing his name: Daniel.
“Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.” Daniel 1:8
Daniel was taken captive as a teenager and taken to Babylon (605bc) where he was trained to serve in the court of the king. For three years, he was taught a new language and foreign literature. He learned the customs and ways of a new land. This program was designed to mold and shape him into a Babylonian.
While there were likely many things Daniel didn’t care to know or do, he did them anyway. However, there came a point at where he drew a line! The Bible says, “Daniel was determined not to defile himself.” He resolved to set a faith and belief boundary that would keep him safe.
You see, when a man defiles himself, he pollutes his life. He opens the door for all kinds of harmful and damaging things that can have a negative impact. He pollutes himself when he fails to maintain his convictions or steps over a line.
For Daniel and his three friends, they resolved not to defile themselves by worshiping golden statues, failing to pray and give God thanks, or eating foods that were forbidden. Their faith boundaries were good and protected them from sin.
What have you determined not to do? Have you drawn a line and said, “I’m not going there. I’m not doing that?” Are you protecting yourself from things that could harm you, your family, your career, your conscience, your finances, or your dreams? Have you stepped over a line and do you need to come back? Start new today.
“Be determined and resolved. Protect yourself. And, guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
God bless you,