Have you ever noticed geese flying. The familiar V-shaped pattern is hard to miss. Science has discovered why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds up to 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Within the Church, we share a common direction and a common community. We can be sure that we will reach our goals more quickly and more easily if we travel together and on the uplift of one another.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go alone. It will quickly get back into formation to take advantage of the power and momentum of those traveling with it. Now… if we have as much sense as a goose, then we will stay connected to those around us, who are traveling in the same direction. When the lead goose gets tired, he simply rotates back in the formation and another goose takes the point. The geese honk from behind to encourage the lead goose. (What are we saying when we are honking?)
When a goose gets sick or wounded (Dang hunters!) and falls out of formation, two geese will fall out of formation with that goose and follow it until it is able to fly or is dead. They will then hook up with another formation until they catch up with their original flock.
The geese work together. They share… they serve… they give… When we practice stewardship, we share… we serve… we give… I believe that it is the privilege of every believer to dedicate what he/she has and what he/she is to God. When I was going through Confirmation, our preacher, at the time, taught us about the three T’s: our time, talent and treasure. How we use these is a choice that we make, that indicates the depth of our faith.
We can share our time by serving within the church. There are committees that need members (who actually go to the meetings). There are classes that need teachers. There are garbage cans that need emptying. We can share our talents by hearing the call to sing, to set up the PowerPoint, to lead worship or to fix up the Youth room. And, we can share our treasure generously to reach the lost in our community or in some distant country.
The Good News is that when we fly together, we are building the Kingdom together with greater range and effectiveness. We have each been blessed with a portion of time, talent and treasure. How are you helping our flock to fly farther, faster, and freer?
Hope this is able to help in some way. Again, I am so sorry for my procrastination. Please feel free to edit… correct… plagarize… whatever…