We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
You have probably heard someone call another person who has done something foolish, “A silly goose!” Well, I can tell you that geese are not silly! We can learn a lot from the goose. For example, I am sure that most of you probably know that when geese fly, they fly in a “V” formation.
Have you ever wondered why the geese fly in a “V” formation?
Recent scientific studies have given us the answer. It has been learned that as each goose flaps its wings, it gives a lift to the one immediately following. It has been determined that flying this way gives the geese about 70% more flying range. Of course, that means that the lead goose is working harder. When the lead goose gets tired, he falls back into the formation and another takes his place. Now, that’s team work!
If you have ever seen a flock of geese flying, you have also noticed that all the time they are flying, the geese are “honking.” They do this to encourage one another. It is always easier to do something difficult when you know you aren’t flying alone, isn’t it?
Sometimes, a goose becomes sick or is injured and falls to the ground. When that happens, two other geese go down and stay with it until it is well. If it dies, they join another formation and continue on their journey.
Do you think the geese are silly?
It sounds to me like they are pretty smart! What lessons do you think we could learn from the geese?
- We could learn that it is important for all church members to share the responsibility within the church rather than letting the same loyal ones work until they drop!
- We could learn that it is important to “honk” encouragement to other workers in the church.
- We could learn that it is important for us to look after those who are sick or in need.
There is a lot that we can learn from the goose, isn’t there?
Dear Jesus, help us to use the gifts that you have given us to serve and encourage others. Amen
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