By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
8) But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9) Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. 10) And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, ‘I fear the lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink; for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? Then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.’ 11) Then said Daniel to Melzar whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12) ‘Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat and water to drink. 13) Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenances of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat; and as thou sees, deal with thy servants.’ 14) So he consented to them in this manner, and proved them ten days. 15) And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. 16) Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink, and gave them pulse. 17) As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.    Daniel 1:8-17

There is nothing like conviction to change the course and the destiny of an individual’s life. 
Daniel asserted his convictions over details that many would find unnecessary and undesirable, but then again, Daniel was one of those people that never cared what “the many” thought. His life was lived in communion with the Lord and his uncompromising convictions were based and established through that communion; hence, his provoking leadership style. Throughout his life and throughout the book of Daniel we read of an individual who was sold out and committed to his relationship and service to God regardless of cost. Whether it was daily bread or daily prayer, his conduct remained unaltered by the thoughts and lifestyles of others.
Daniel was decidedly different.
Similarly, God has not called you to be like others but to be set apart from others and to live a free and God glorifying life.
Steep yourself in the word, stay committed to the course, and live your life in the context of communion with Him; you'll live a life that’s decidedly different.