Lessons from Geese

I heard a sermon one time about geese and I have never forgotten it. Geese have certain instincts that God put in them, as Christians we could certainly learn a thing or two from them. Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an up-lift for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. Are we up-lifting our brothers and sisters in Christ with our words and deeds or bringing them down? Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. When someone gets out of church there should be a drag on their life from being without the up lifting of our encouragement. We should all want to stay in fellowship with others going in the same direction and be willing to help any who stray. Fact 3: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position. Sometimes people in leadership positions get tired and weary, we should be ready to help our leaders through praying for them and filling in when needed or just helping each other out. Fact 4: The geese flying in formation honking encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Are our words encouraging or causing others to stumble? Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. We should be there to help each other in times of need as well as good times. Remember, we need each other. Having a friend may not change the situation at all, but it sure helps.

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