“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek
This morning my wife sent me this picture and it made my day. Yes I know, it’s a picture of geese, but I’m fascinated with them! One time I even rented a documentary on geese from Blockbuster and ended up having to pay late fees because it was just that captivating (well not really, actually, I misplaced the DVD for a few days, but still, it was pretty good!)
You’ve probably already heard this story about geese many times, but I’ve put some of my own spin on it. I love the “truths” geese reveal about relationships every time I see them “flying south for the winter.” As they live and fly together, they paint a beautiful portrait of how a family, a team, a company or a church can pull together and work as a team.
1. They fly further together as a team.
In fact, they fly 70% further flying in V formation drafting one another as they push through the air. The principle is simple: When we work together and help each other, we can go further in achieving our individual and collective goals in life.
2. They encourage one another as a team.
The honking sound they make to each other somehow causes them physically to push further together than they could on their own. It’s their way of communicating on a long flight.
Who in your life needs to be pushed and encouraged right now to be able to fly further in their life’s journey? Who is it that is going through something that you’ve made it through from your past? Who has been on your heart lately just to call and check on?
It amazes me of the impact just one phone call has made to people I’ve reached out to (not a text, IM, FB post, but an old fashioned phone call). Yes, I do the others too! But I find that people years later will come up to me and tell me how I prayed for them and helped them through. Pick up the phone today!
3. They help each other carry the load as a team.
When a goose gets tired pushing the wind, they can fly to the back of the V formation, get some rest with less wind to push and rely on others to “carry the load.” Husbands, your wife gets tired. Pick up the slack on one thing she normally takes care of to relieve some of the stress.
Wives, tell your husband he’s doing a good job providing for the family and caring for you and the children. (I’m telling you the man will be set for six months with that kind of “atta boy!”) Little gestures like these “lift the load” or make things feel lighter simply because we know we aren’t trying to carry it all on our own!
4. They help each other no matter what the cost, because they’re a team.
When a goose gets sick, shot, or injured, another two geese pull out of formation and stay with the goose to protect and care for it until it can fly again or dies.
Are you willing to put the goals of the team above your own goals, desires, status or success? Because at the end of the day, life is all about love and relationships and who we’ve cared for along the way.
5. They don’t try to do it alone, they fight for the team.
Geese show us what we already know: We are meant to be together and in community with one another. It’s not difficult to become isolated and alone. Sometimes we even tell ourselves it’s just easier that way.
With all of the disappointments and ways people have let us down, we don’t want to make ourselves vulnerable again. But, the rewards far outweigh the risks! At the end of the day, we must learn to forgive and move on, forcing ourselves if we have to, in reconnecting and rebuilding relationships with those we love.
So there you have it. I love geese! And they remind me of how blessed I am to have the family, friends, coworkers and those I have the privilege serving at my church and through world missions. May I not take them for granted! So have you thought about who’s on your team lately? Who’s one person on “your team” that you need to reach out to today?
Question: What can you do to help strengthen the people on your team? Leave a comment below.