The Goose Story – Act Like a Goose

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*Pastor’s Note: Here’s another one from years ago that I have always loved! The author, however is unknown. Enjoy and be blessed!

Just a few observations and some life lessons to accompany them!

Observation #1: As each goose flutters its wings, it creates an updraft for the bird following it in the V-formation of migration. By flying in this V-formation, the geese are able to migrate 72% further than if each bird flew unaccompanied.

Life’s Lesson #1: People who share a common vision and sense of common direction can get further and faster by supporting one another.

Observation #2: When the lead goose tires, it peels off the point position and rotates back into the V-formation. Another goose then steps up and takes its turn fighting in the wind from the point position.

Life’s Lesson #2: It pays to take turns. By recognizing the gifts of other members, everyone in a group or organization can grow. Everyone is given an ability or gift that benefits the whole Body.

Observation #3: The lead goose (on the point) never honks. The geese behind the leader continue to honk what appears to be praise and encouragement to the lead goose.

Life’s Lesson #3: The power of praise and recognition is critical to success as people find their gifts and ministries and learn to use them in a group or organization. Remember to esteem others above ourselves.

as geese in formation

Observation #4: Sometimes two or three geese break away from the formation in order to look for a better wind current or a more creative and better way to fly.

Life’s Lesson #4: An effective group or organization constantly try new ways of doing, yet within the established vision. Successful groups or organizations often forget wrongs quickly and learn at a steady pace. In today’s environment, we need to remember, we are all members of one Body and all with varying and necessary gifts, ministry AND spiritual.

Observation #5: When a goose gets sick or wounded and has to go down to land, two other geese fall out of the formation and go with it to support and protect it. They stay with it until it dies – or is able to return to the formation. Then the geese try to catch up with their own flock or another formation of geese.

Life’s Lesson #5: When life gets tough, people need to support one another. If we had the sense of a goose, we would stand by each other like that and not abandon another that is weak or hurting.

Geese do not abandon one another unless and until they either reach their goal, or the weak or hurting geese can’t go on any longer due to death. They seem to know that life DOES continue and until death, we all have a work to do to fulfill our goal.

Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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