There are so many things we can learn from studying nature. Today I read an article about the team nature of geese and I realized that the lessons could be applied to the Christian community.
1) As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for others that follow. The whole flock adds 71 percent more flying range in V-formation than when flying alone.
Application: As Christians we can help each other along, and we can do more when we do it together. Belong to a church community. Become part of a bigger group and see your efforts multiply.
2) When a goose gets out of the formation, it encounters more drag from the wind. When it returns to the formation it can take advantage of the uplift of others.
Application: When we try to go it alone we experience more temptation, more fatigue. We need to help and encourage one another. don't try to go it alone. Become part of a small group where you can share life - be accountable, get encouraged, inpired, grow.
3) In the v-formation when the lead goose gets tired it falls back into the formation and another goose leads.
Application: We sometimes needs to fall back into the church community and let others lead while we get recharged. Everyone, even pastors need times of being served and allowed to rest and recharge. Also, each Christian is interdependent on the gifts, skills, abilities and talents of others. I am reminded of the Scripture references to the parts of the body.
4) Geese honk while in flight to encourage those in front to keep up speed.
Application: We need the "amens" and encouragements from others to keep fighting the good fight, to keep up the good work. Send someone a note of encouragement, phone a friend or share a meal.
5) When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls, two geese stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.
Application: take care of the sick, the widows and orphans. (James 1:27) Let's stand by each other in hard times as well as good times.