The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

Yesterday I almost ran over a goose. For a while I didn’t know what was going to happen. He (or she) was stubborn and so was I. In the end everything worked out fine. I slowed, and he turned the other way. We were spared from having an ugly confrontation.

From that little drama my mind turned to geese and my first thought concerned killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. Funny how our minds work, don’t you think?

We all know the phrase about killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. It goes back to a fairy tale describing someone who found a golden egg and in their avarice and greed killed the goose that laid the eggs.

There are many such tales and morals about living short-sighted lives. They have to do with not saving seed corn or eating the biggest potatoes. In an agricultural society, those were certainly great lessons, even life-saving lessons. Those lessons encourage us to have a longer term perspective and to make decisions with the end in mind.

These lessons are important to remember in our relationship with God. God wants us to have a longer term perspective. If anyone should live for the long term, it is the follower of Christ. After all, we belong to Him. He has our best interests at heart, and we are going to live with Him forever.

But it’s sometime hard to look at eternity when life is filled with all kinds of pain.

Many people deal with unimaginable difficulty. God calls us to trust Him and to know that He cares for us no matter what.

Simon Peter told us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). The Apostle Paul assured us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. He gave a litany of bad things that can happen. Nothing–not one thing–can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35).

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, not things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).

In Him, we can live with the end in mind.

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3 Comments


  1. Steve Doublin
    May 31, 2017

    Thanks for sharing another good lesson. We don’t live in the area anymore. I realize I kinda miss those geese


  2. Scot Martin
    May 31, 2017

    One of my favorite passages…certainly my favorite chapter in all Scripture.

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