The popular Old Testament story of Jonah and the big fish teaches us a lot about God's heart towards people... including people we might think of as enemies. Jonah wanted to follow God, but he wanted to follow God on his own terms. The minute God wanted Jonah to do something that Jonah disagreed with, Jonah was angry. Jonah wanted God's grace, mercy, and love for himself, but he wanted the people of Nineveh to get what they deserved. How often are we like Jonah? How can we begin to have the same heart for people that God does?
Daniel was a truly virtuous man. He displayed character and integrity as a leader in the civic/political arena while working for pagan rulers. His life can teach us a lot about how to live on mission when our circumstances and surroundings aren't ideal. He also teaches us a lot about how to stand firm in our faith in the midst of a Godless world.