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Encouragement and lessons from Geese

January 14, 2009

This morning I received a beautiful encouraging email from a friend; she doesn’t have children and is not married yet but felt to write to encourage me in Motherhood. I was blessed.

Heb 3:12 -14 exhorts us to “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today…”

Ultimately we get our encouragement from the Lord; The Word is our mirror for life and we dip in to the great well of the Word within us and KNOW we have His stamp of approval, His ‘thumbs up’ and recognise His face shining upon us…I mean He even SINGS over us; what more do we want?!!

BUT He has also joined us together as the body of Christ in one heart to encourage and spur each other on towards love and good deeds. Encouragement takes our eyes off ourselves and upon what God is doing in someone else; encouragement helps us grow; encouragement gives us wings!

We can learn a few things from Gods amazing design of migrating geese; check these facts out:

The whole flock increases the flight efficiency by 71% as compared to just one bird flying alone.

• When a goose leaves the formation, he feels the resistance of the air and the difficulties of flying alone. Then, he quickly comes back to the formation to take advantage of the flock’s power in front of him.

• When the leader goose gets tired of flying, he goes to the end of the “V” formation. While another goose takes the lead.

The geese flying on a “V” formation, quack to provide encouragement to the ones in the front. That way, they keep the same speed.

• When a goose gets sick, is injured or gets tired and he must leave the formation, other geese leave the formation too, and they fly with him to help him out and protect him. They remain with him until he dies or he is able to fly again. They reach their bevy or they just make another “V” formation.

Beautiful isn’t it? I’m sure there are many lessons we can learn from this but most of all I love that they ‘quack’ to provide encouragement; they don’t just fly along silently expecting the rest of their fellow geese to be ‘doing ok’ even if they look like it – it’s inbuilt in their very nature by God to encourage, which in effect produces progress.

Who have you encouraged today? Let’s put it on our daily check list: get up (check), eat breakfast (check), brush teeth (check), encourage someone (check check)!

Encourage a neighbour, encourage a friend, encourage a sibling, encourage a work colleague, encourage the shop keeper, encourage a child.

Encourage your Mother, encourage a Mother.


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-26
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  1. January 14, 2009 11:02 pm


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