Thimble Thoughts: Lessons From The Geese....Part II

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Lessons From The Geese....Part II

Part II of Lessons From The Geese is on staying in formation.

Fact: When a goose flies out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front of it.

Lesson: If we have as much common sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others. It is harder to do something alone than together.

As daughters of the King, we are all working together to accomplish common goals for HIS glory. But sometimes we end up working alone and we fall out of formation.

Sometimes it's easier to do something yourself than get other people involved, so we tend to take on a job and tell people, "Oh, no, I don't need your help. I can get that done myself." But when that happens, we usually end up becoming discouraged, pressured, stressed, and fall out of formation. The "drag and resistance of trying to go it alone" suddenly begins to bring us down.

Our Pastor's wife is a pro in the art of deligation. She has a vision for a meeting or an event and she deligates jobs with the understanding that you are not expected to work alone. She'll always encourage us to find someone to help in our efforts of the newly deligated task or have someone in mind for us to work with. I try to always find someone to help me do my task. Psalm 133:1 says, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." When I ask someone to help with my task, it's always a fun time of fellowship and I always leave with an encouraged and uplifted spirit. And the person I'm working with does too. And even if the task will take very minimal time, it's good to go ahead and ask someone to help you anyway. It will give you both needed fellowship and will also make the other person feel needed.

And then sometimes the ones that always volunteer for the same job that no one else will volunteer for will become discouraged for trying to go it alone. Like I said in Part I, you don't have to be creative. You don't have to be talented. You just have to be willing. Your willingness will help to lift the spirit of your sister in Christ. It's hard to walk into the church building to work on something and you're all alone with a list a mile long of things to accomplish. But then suddenly you hear the squeak of the door and in walks an unexpected sister to help in your efforts. What a blessing that is! You can be an encouragement to someone just by showing up with a willing attitude to help accomplish goals for HIS glory.