Posted: February 18, 2013 in Wandering Thoughts
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The words in the following story, “Lessons From The Geese” should make me pause for a moment and invoke the thoughts that there is something here to learn., Something to be remembered. But for how long will those thoughts become actions? What the geese do they do by instinct. Is what i do to others by instinct, or is it something i’ve learned? The Word is full of instruction, and examples of how i am to treat others., yet it is often a struggle.

But what’s gone wrong? What’s tearing at relationships? i remember a day when people actually came to our home for dinner, Now we sit in loud restaurants and try to have quality conversation above the noise. The lack of time has replaced intimacy for casual relationships.

Lessons From Geese

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if the bird flew alone.

When i  share a common direction and sense of community i can get where i am going quicker and easier because i am traveling on the thrust of others.

Acts 2:1. 42,46,47 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of: bread, and in prayers. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

Lesson: If i have as much senses as a goose, i will stay in formation with those who are headed where i want to go. This means i must be willing to accept their help as well as give mine to others.

Galatians 6:2,10 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, i am interdependent on others skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources

II Corinthians 8:13, 14 For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality, that at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that at their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that their maybe equality.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson: i need to make sure my honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.

Hebrews 10:24, 25 And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up stimulate and incite to love and helpful deeds and noble activities; Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together as believers, as is the habit of some people, but admonishing, warning, urging, and encouraging one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.

When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own with another formation, or catch up with the flock.

If i have as much sense as geese, i will stand by others in difficult times as well as when they are strong.

I Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it records no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects. always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE NEVER FAILS!

So am i left to conclude that i must be a silly goose?




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