Wisdom From The Animals: Day 22

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 22

In addition to being physically strong, elephants are emotional and social creatures that form deep family bonds. They are also extremely intelligent with an ability to remember. Their memories serve to protect their herd from dehydration and starvation by remembering places to find food and water in the wild. Zoo keepers have also noticed that elephants seem to remember individual people as well as other elephants.

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

An elephant’s wonderful memory led someone to coin the familiar phrase; “An elephant never forgets.” Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if we could forgive others and forget what was done? I can forgive other people but I have trouble with the forgetting part. Any time the person does a similar act that requires my forgiveness a second or third time, I struggle with letting their wrong go. I’m not able to forgive like God can. I’m more apt to be like the elephant. Only with God’s help am I able to forgive and forgive and forgive again and not hold an account of wrongs.

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Blessings,

Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 21

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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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Blessings,

Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 20

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 20

Orcas or killer whales are the largest members of the dolphin family. One of the reasons they’re called killer whales is because of the way they hunt. They hunt in groups like wolves and are sometimes called the wolves of the sea. Orcas have no natural predators. This orca was showing off for us in Alaska.

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1

Orcas have gotten a bad reputation because of the negative connotations to the word, killer. Sometimes I think people have formed the wrong impression of me. I’m an introvert and sometimes my introverted ways are viewed by others as stand-offish instead of how I really am. I’ve also offended others by being short with my remarks to them when I was stressed. I didn’t mean to be rude or short tempered but that is how I was perceived. Working on my character is important to me. I want to be a person of good and honorable character; a person above reproach. I want to bear the name of Jesus in ways that bring Him praise.

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Blessings,

Mimi