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

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 5

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 5

An okapi ( pronounced oh-cop-ee) is closely related to the giraffe and is commonly called the forest giraffe even though some of the animal’s pattern markings resemble a zebra. Okapis live in the rain forest of central Africa. Scientists were unaware of their existence until 1900 because they are skittish by nature. I’m not very adept at mixing patterns but the okapi has hit the right blend. The okapis mixed patterning help disguise them in the wild from predators. 

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him one day and instructed them to preach, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to drive out demons among their fellow Israelites. As he sent them, he also instructed them to be on their guard because some would not be welcoming towards them.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

Just like the disciples, I am also called as a Christian to share the message of Jesus and care for others. I sometimes find myself though blending in too much to my surroundings. I can look too much like a zebra one day or act like a giraffe the next. Like the perfectly patterned okapi, I must strive to find the perfect balance that reflects Jesus everywhere I go.

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Blessings,

Mimi