2009 is here and 2008 is now history. As I look back on 2008, I’m amazed at what Father has accomplished in my life as well as in the church. It’s been a year filled with adventure as he continued to set the church free from religious mindsets. New blogs and websites were started to share his love and grace.
This blogging community has been a source of major encouragement for me. I found my first blog, Grace Roots, in the fall of 2007. The blogs posted there were so encouraging that I decided to add a few comments. Then, I followed a trail of links and found other blogs. How exciting to find a small group of believers who thought like I did!
Prior to that, I felt very alone. I knew Father was showing me some things but I didn’t know who to share them with or who would share with me. It was a very lonely time in my life but as I began to connect with this awesome group of bloggers, the loneliness lifted and I felt like Father had given me a community of believers and friends.
In January, I couldn’t resist the call any longer and I started my own blog. That was a major adventure for someone who is technologically challenged. At that point, the only thing I really knew how to do online was email but with the encouragement of Bino and Joel to inspire me, I began this blog. Because of all of the emails I’ve sent Joel asking for technological assistance, he may wish he hadn’t been so encouraging.
I look at this community of bloggers as friends and family. We're all on unique journeys and I believe the story of geese flying in a V formation is a beautiful analogy of us as believers traveling on our journeys. Although we're traveling alone, we're also traveling together.
I believe we can learn much from the description of why geese fly in a V formation. I'm sure most of you have heard this before but maybe, as we approach 2009, it'll be a reminder to us of why Father has placed us in community. I copied and pasted the following from a blog named Leadership in Perspective.
Happy New Year to all of you. I look forward to continuing this journey with you in 2009.
Synergy - Why do geese fly in a V formation?
We have a lot to learn from these geese.
By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
=>People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
=>If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same direction as we are.
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
=> It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, with people or with flying geese.
These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
=> We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.
Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.
=> If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another and sometimes make new friends who seem to be going in our direction.