Wisdom From The Animals: Day 25

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 25

Cows chew their food for a long time. When they first take a bite and chew, the food is swallowed and goes into the first section of their stomach, the rumen, where the food becomes the cud. The cud is then sent back up to a cow’s mouth where the cud is chewed again and re-swallowed. Following this second swallow, the food continues its way down the digestive system. A cow’s chewing of the cud is an indicator that the cow is a happy and healthy animal.

“Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

Take some time today to chew, ruminate, and digest God’s Word.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 24

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 24

Moose are part of the deer family. They are solitary, gentle creatures who are rarely provoked into agressive behavior. Mostly, they graze, swim, and wander. We spotted this cow and her calf in Alaska.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23

Gentleness is a quality often undervalued in our society but one that is needed. In Greek, the original language of this passage, the word is praotes. The word is sometimes translated into English as meekness but that word does not convey the spirit of the Greek. Aristotle defined the word as the mid-point between being too angry and never being angry. Praotes, therefore, could be described as passion under control. According to these verses above, a person displaying the fruit of gentleness would be under the Spirit’s control. I can become quite passionate about wrongs, injustices, or sufferings that I see or experience. I want to show gentleness in the right way. I want to be angry at the right time but not angry at the wrong time. I want to display the passion of gentleness when I see others’ wronged but bear no anger against personal insults. I would like to display the gentle spirit of the moose.
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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 23

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 23

With their large canine-like fangs, sea lions are predators of the ocean. They were named sea lions for that reason and because the males sport a mane and both sexes vocalize with a roar. Sea lions also hunt and swallow their prey whole. They rely on their whiskers to aid them in the location of food nearby while swimming in the dark ocean.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Like the prey of a sea lion, I need to be alert and take proactive steps not to fall into the clutches of the devil. I need to avoid areas or things that would put me in danger of being swallowed whole. I also need to adopt an attitude that is not fearful but an attitude of calm watchfulness trusting that God is with me.

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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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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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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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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 19

warthog

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 19

Warthogs, wild swine, and boars are often included on the lists for the ugliest animals in the world. Not only are they considered unattractive, they are also viewed as destructive. Their behavior often has a negative impact on the environment. Although the role of wild swine appears to be unimportant, these animals do help with biodiversity as seed dispersers and also serve as food for predators. 

“…God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”               1 Corinthians 12:18-25

At times, God has assigned me roles in life where I felt I wasn’t serving a purpose. I didn’t feel like I was contributing to the greater good. I felt more like the big toe than the hand. In my vision, my tasks seemed unglamorous but the truth is those jobs were important to God. They served to further His purposes. I was one piece in a larger puzzle and necessary to the completion of it. We all serve a purpose in the service of God. Sometimes, we feel that our jobs are insignificant, overlooked, or unimportant but trust God’s truth that all parts are important in the body of Christ.

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Mimi