"You don't have a feeling God gave a goose!" Almost every time I made a mistake growing up, that's what I heard. So I started watching geese. I soon realized two things; I love watching geese and geese are not stupid! I spent many hours watching geese and read a lot about why they do what they do. As an army pastor and chaplain, I learned some valuable lessons about "goose sensation." I want to share some lessons and how they relate to our lives as believers in Jesus Christ.
GOOSE FACT # 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates a "lift" or "upgradeeraft" for the following birds. When flying in a "V" formation, it is estimated that the entire flock can fly 70% farther than if each bird flew alone. A few years ago, when Cheri and I were driving from Maryland to Missouri, we watched hundreds of thousands of geese in flight! The estimate was from 750,000 to 900,000 geese! The sky was literally darkened in the middle of the day with massive geese formations over 10 miles as we drove! It was one of the most amazing sights we have ever witnessed! WOW! (Let me say this backwards – WOW!)
LESSON GENRE 1: Christian believers share a sense of community and a common bond through Jesus Christ. With a VISION of God, we are able to achieve God's goals for us much more easily when we "lift" one another and travel under the impulse of our fellowship. "But you, Timothy, belong to God; therefore, flee all these evil things and follow what is right and good. Pursue a divine life, together with faith, love, perseverance and kindness. Fight the good fight for what we believe. firmly the eternal life which God has given you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses "(The Bible, 1 Timothy 6: 11-12, New Testament Living). Good sense of goose means that people do good things for other people.
Goose FACT # 2: When a goose falls in formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. He quickly returns to formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the rest of the flock and to avoid the gust of wind from all other geese. Remember the scene from the movie "Top Gun" when Maverick and Goose (ironic, huh) got caught in the wingman's "jet wash" and ended up falling into the sea? It's the same concept with geese.
Goose Sense Lesson # 2: There is so much more "stamina and endurance" in the world when we try to fly alone! We should be willing to let others HELP "carry our load" – and we should help OTHER people load yours! Learn how to do "random acts of kindness" to others. Help an elderly lady put her shopping in the car. Arrange the leaves of your neighbor. Dine for someone who is sick. Offer to take care of the children of a young couple's children so they can go out at night. Give a restaurant gift certificate to your pastor and wife. Our oldest daughter had only twins in ND and we were getting ready to leave MO on our motorcycle when a couple from our church called and said they wanted to buy us air tickets so we could get there early. I planned to say "no" because I was looking forward to the ride, so he dropped the word "B" on me. He said, "It would be a tremendous Blessing for us if you allowed us to do that!" I had to accept it then, because I learned a long time ago that "Being a blessing to someone else brings a blessing to us." Good sense of goose means spending good quality time with other believers. Share Jesus with those you love so that your close family and friends are other believers.
GOOSE FACT # 3: When the front goose folds, it goes back to formation and another goose immediately flies to the point position. All geese except the sick take turns at the head of the formation. There is no noise, debate or discussion, they just do it! It's part of being a goose!
LESSON 3: Church ministry does NOT belong to paid pastors. It is NOT just for deacons and elders. Every believer should participate in the ministries of the church. It is worth taking turns on difficult tasks and it is good to share leadership responsibilities. As with geese, we are interdependent on each other's gifts and talents. Also, when our constant goal is for Jesus Christ to receive credit, praise, honor, and glory – it doesn't matter who does the real work! See Colossians 3: 23-24. Every believer is a follower – a follower of Jesus Christ and his shepherds in the flock. But every believer is also a leader – based on your spiritual gifts and talents, and it is imperative that you use these gifts and talents to do good things for the kingdom of God. Good sense of goose means believers doing good things for the kingdom of God and other pilgrims of the kingdom.
GOOSE FACT # 4: All geese flying in "HONK" formation to encourage the geese ahead to "keep moving on" to the goal!
GOOSE SENSE LESSON 4: I BEGG THAT YOU'RE SURE THAT ALL YOUR HONKING IS INCENTIVE TO NATURE! For God's sake – for the sake of the Kingdom – every time you talk or talk to anyone else – make sure you say only something good, "encouraging", loving and encouraging! There is no room in the kingdom of God, no room in the Christian's life for gossip, slander, negativity, "not saying", slandering and despising each other! "Beloved, if God loved us, we must love each other as well." The honors of growing congregations are encouraging and "encouraging"! Growing congregations are happily happy congregations! Our individual and collective missions must "be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, the beloved Son of God." (Romans 8:29). Let us be "honorable" to each other for Jesus' sake! Let's say GOOD FEELING things to each other. Let's say GOOD SENSE things about each other. Good sense of goose means encouraging each other to "keep moving forward" with the goal of God's high calling prize in Jesus Christ!
GOOSE FACT # 5: When a goose becomes ill and cannot continue, two other geese leave the formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with him until he dies or can fly again. Then they leave with another formation or reach their flock.
GOOSE GOOSE LESSON 5: I'm glad God gave believers the "meaning of the goose!" His word teaches us to support one another both in hard times and in good times. He teaches us to seek each other out when we fall. When relationships fail, when children rebel, when careers crumble, when bad things happen to good people, when people die too soon, when problems arise (and eventually all of us), God's Word has a word to the believers. Galatians 6: 2 says, "Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ." Verse 9-10 reminds us, "Let us not tire of doing good, for in due time we will reap if we are not discouraged. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are the house of faith." Good sense of goose means staying together in good times and bad, defending each other and defending the less fortunate.
GOOSE FACT # 6: A pair of geese will meet and mate for a lifetime. They live, travel and make babies together until one of them dies. Then the other goose will find another mate, and again mate for life.
GOOD LIKE GOOSE LESSON # 6 Monogamous relationships simply make GOOD SENSE GOOD! In the first place, this is how God intended it! (See Genesis 2-3). Second, it avoids a multitude of problems, including divorce, sexual sin, broken and difficult families, financial burdens, child behavioral problems, and so on. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying these things don't exist in monogamous relationships either, but statistics show that they are more prevalent when people have multiple relationships. (And my 34 years of ministry have taught me that "the grass is NOT greener on the other side of the fence!) It is very nice to see the growing number of young people in our society deciding to remain abstinent and celibate until marriage – this is certainly a step. in the right direction since my generation (being a teenager in the late 60's and early 70's during the height of the “sexual revolution”). If you or your young people are interested, go to True Love Waits on the Internet. Expect the person you know that God planned for you to spend the rest of your life and then spend the rest of your life with that person!
In a nutshell, what does GOOD GOOSE SENSE LESSONS have to say to believers?
Love each other. Pray for each other. Encourage each other. Stay with each other. Lift each other up. Help each other. Stand up with each other. Stay the course. Love each other. (I know, I already said that, but you have to say it twice, don't you?)
I pray that all believers will hear and practice the lessons of the geese. Do you have a feeling God gave a goose? You do if you do GOOD SENSE things to each other. You do if you do GOOD SENSE things for each other. Use your common sense of goose – you'll be glad you did it!
Danny Presswood, 2006, All Rights Reserved.