Lessons from the Geese

As geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if any bird were to fly alone.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

When a goose gets sick or wounded or is shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. They then launch out on their own, with another formation or catch up with the flock.


The essence of God's design is seen in nature, even among the geese.

As first among God's creation, He designed me as a social being: First to God, next to family, then to others.

I am not meant to be alone; I am a co-worker. Although I can work with minimal supervision, I still recognize that I am a part of a team. I belong to a company.

I work in propriety and formation; I know my place. My work helps other do their work. My success contributes to theirs.

God leads me to support my boss. He leads me to follow. When I am delegated to fill his absence, I remember my place.

I encourage my team members. I speak up for those who can't. I express gratitude in the midst of busyness.

I pause to help those slowing down. I empathize with the falling and failing.

I can do all of these through Christ who strengthens me.
(Phil 4:13)


You, oh Lord, are the wind beneath my wings. You propel me to greater heights. The reason I can spread my wings and fly is because you enable me. You support us altogether.

You go before me; You lead me. You encourage me from up ahead. I only go where you have been.

With the boost of morale I receive from You, I uplift others. I can only give what I have.

When I am hurt or wounded, You stay with me. You never leave me alone. You restore my soul.

And when you have restored me, we move on.

"He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." (2 Cor 1:4 NLT)