I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me. (Psalms 118:13 NRSV)

The island nation of New Zealand has more flightless birds, I understand, than any other country on earth. Among these are the kiwi and the penguin. Scientists tell us that these birds had wings but lost them. They had no use for them. They had no natural predators on those beautiful islands and food was plentiful. Since there was no reason to fly, they didn't. Through neglect they lost their wings.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Scholars point to the advanced technological progress of nations in the colder climates of the world. Where food and shelter are easily attained, there is no drive to innovate, to problem-solve.

Our world is sometimes hard on us, but it helps us grow to our full stature as children of God.


God of all, help me to grow stronger in becoming a better servant of yours. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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