Here in Colorado we get a huge influx of Canadian Geese this time of year. They have migrated south for the winter from Canada. And will be here till spring when they make their return flight.
“Silly goose” is an expression, as in “Don’t be one.” But they do some things that are quite smart for a bird and for people too. We can learn valuable lessons by observing them. Here are two:
1 Travel in a group.
Not only is there safety in numbers, but the principle of flying in a V shape in the wake of the bird ahead has been proven to save a lot of energy. This allows the group to go much farther than the individuals could travel on their own.
When we pray together, encourage one another, mentor each other and work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can being loners. The Christian lifestyle is hard enough in our world today. With all the pressures and temptations, we need one another to stay on track and accountable.
2 Take turns leading.
Because the lead goose literally pulls more weight than the others by being the first to break the air resistance, it tires out more quickly. So as they travel, the lead position is rotated.
The lead goose drops back to the end of the V and another in the line takes the lead. Because of the energy conserving benefit to the other geese in the V, this allows the group to go farther, faster than they could go alone.
We tend to go till we drop, burn the candle at both ends, wearing ourselves out. Especially in positions of leadership, share the responsibilities. Sure there are some things we need to do ourselves, but knowing when to simply say “no” or delegate is great wisdom.
To maintain this balance in your life, learn that there are seasons for the flow of activity. Balance refueling with expending energy to stay effective. And training up others to take our place should be part of our plan. Even if we continue in a ministry, sharing the load teaches and enriches others.
Try these in your life and ministry.
God has placed wisdom all around us in all shapes and sizes. We can learn from everything He created. Learn from the behavior of the goose.
Then you decide – silly? or smart?