June 29, 2012
Today's Photograph . . . . Gives The Real Geese A Place To Set Their Wings . . . (NPS)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)
There is an old joke that asks, "Why is one side of the V formation that geese fly longer than the other side?" A person might come up with some biological or aerodynamic answer; but the punch line is: "There are more geese on the longer side."
That's kind of funny; but there are some interesting facts about geese and their flight patterns. One goose by itself can fly a long way, but studies have shown that a flock of geese can fly 70 percent farther when they work together.
I have watched a lot of geese fly overhead. They constantly honk to each other. I can't prove it, but I think they are encouraging and spurring one another along as they travel such great distances.
Offering encouragement to people can change their whole attitude. With a little encouragement, great deeds can be accomplished. There are some people who have the gift of encouragement from the Holy Spirit, Romans 12:8, so encouragement seems to come easily from them.
However, we can all practice this trait. Just like the geese that work together and encourage one another, we can do the same. Try encouraging someone today; then sit back and watch their eyes light up.
Sportsmen's Tip of the DayWhen goose hunting over decoys, place your decoys facing the wind and in a "J" formation.
This gives the real geese a place to set their wings and land.