[comic wisdom]

[comic wisdom]

Another day of sitting on my hands. Did I mention I hate being / feeling useless?

Anyway, I was looking through my personal mail and stumbled upon this comic.

You know me; my thinking machine is always on. As I looked at the comic, I thought “Just how often we, as the followers of Christ, are like those birds?”

In one of my comments on Bill Grandi’s blog I came up with a new English word “sheepolution.” Basically what I meant by it was the concept that my pastor and us, the Church board, have discussed – that people in Church should not be content just being sheep, but by the means of “sheepolution” (there is no such word in Russian), people in Church (sheep) should strive to become leaders (shepherds).

Going back to the comic above, how often we also decide to just go along with someone instead of putting effort into flying?

I love heights, I love flying in planes, and I love swings because they make me feel like I am flying. I often watch the birds outside my window, feeling jealous of their ability to fly. I wake up deliriously happy every time I dream of flying (and that happens quite often). And I guess when I think of substituting the exhilaration of the flight for just riding something, limiting our God-given abilities… Why do we do that? Why do we consciously limit ourselves when God gave us the ability to FLY?

Little Side Note: I did not mean that pastors are slow or something. I just used that example because it was similar in nature (the people just eating the food the pastors give them, but too lazy to go to the fridge themselves), we have our own means of limiting ourselves.

  • Why do we limit ourselves when God has given us the ability to fly? I think a major answer to that is found in one word: FEAR. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the drop (skydiving idea). Fear of failure (will this plane even fly?). So many more I will allow others to add to it. 🙂 I also think that besides a commitment issue, many are just afraid to get involved.

    • thanks for the feedback, Bill. i agree that fear is one of the main hindrances on our path…

  • I think I would agree with Bill that FEAR plays a huge part and then it bleeds into other areas like Trust.

    • Trust as in being too cautious to trust?

      • Yes or afraid to trust God for results.

        • hm… so we can trust the "slow elevators" but not God 🙂 we, human beings, are weird beings 😀

          agree with what you say, though 😉 thanks for feedback.

  • In my limited experience, I have often found that what separates a leader from a follower is the willingness and determination to be in motion. Some might describe leadership as bravery: Acting in spite of fear.

    May we all get on board for the "sheepolution!" 😀

    • leadership – acting in spite of fear – totally agree!!

      😉

  • I think it's definitely fear and faith. In order to fly you have to have faith that God will keep you from crashing.

    Sorry I missed this one yesterday. I read it on my phone and I can't comment from it.

    • heh, makes me wish that we could just be like birds (or kids, for that matter) – just knowing that He will take care of us…

      like birds who don't even think whether they can fly – they just start learning and fly.
      like kids who don't even doubt that their parents will take care of them…

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