Wisdom From The Animals: Day 21
Rhinoceros’ are critically endangered. Less than 5,000 animals remain in the world. They are being heavily poached for their horns. Once the horn is removed, the poachers leave the animal to bleed to death. A single horn is worth $300,000. Considered a luxury item in Vietnam, the horns are used for a supposed cure all cancer drug, which has been found to be unsubstantiated, and they are used as a cocaine like drug that allows the user to drink more and cure hangovers. Only 4 Northern White Rhinos remain in the world. One of these animals is located at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Barbara Durrant, the Director of Reproductive Physiology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research states that “The more we risk losing genetic diversity, the more we risk losing the species altogether… It is amazing what happens when you take one organism out of the ecosystem. The ramifications are huge. People don’t quite understand about saving individual species, but the fact is that saving ecosystems is essential for the survival of humans. It bothers me that we need to say that, but if we didn’t have these other species, we wouldn’t make it, either.” [The San Diego Union-Tribune – Karla Peterson]
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7,8
Paul had many reasons to brag and be confident in who he was but once he became a disciple of Jesus those reasons all fell away. As individuals, we all matter like the rhinoceros but the things that we own or have accomplished really should be considered loss in comparison to knowing and gaining Jesus Christ. Our confidence should be in Him and not in ourselves. My status, my position, my reputation, my bragging rights: All considered loss and rubbish for Him.
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