Building Up or Tearing Down? Lessons from Geese

Geese formation

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7)

Acceptance. Encouragement. Building up. Not fault-finding. Not tearing down. Not letting hurting ones fend for themselves. God’s geese have it right, and we can learn so much from them.

Are We Wreckers or Builders?

I watched them tearing a building down,

A gang of men in a busy town.

With a ho-heave-ho and lusty yell,

They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,

As the men you’d hire if you had to build?”

He gave me a laugh and said, “No indeed!

Just common labor is all I need.

I can easily wreck in a day or two

What builders have taken a year to do.”

And I tho’t to myself as I went my way,

Which of these two roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care,

Measuring life by the rule and square?

Am I shaping my deeds by a well-made plan,

Patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker who walks the town,

Content with the labor of tearing down?

~Author Unknown~

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