Run Hide Or Fight

   The Ostrich has big eyes.  He stands nine feet tall and can weigh up to 350 pounds.  The Ostrich top speed is 40-45 MPH, and can run at this speed for up to 10 miles while keeping its head absolutely level. It has small weak wings, massive bare thighs and hoof like feet.  Long elastic tendons in its legs act like springs allowing the bird to run very efficiently.  An ostrich kick can be fatal.
   A hen can lay one large cantaloupe-size egg a day until there are six eggs in the nest.  Other hens will add eggs to the nest until it is full.  The hen and her mate will then incubate all the eggs for the six weeks it takes for them to hatch.  When the babies hatch, they are about a foot tall and begin walking and pecking immediately.  The mother never feeds them so they are not a burden to the parents.  The babies will hang around the parents for protection, but they grow rapidly increasing their weight 100 times during their first six months of life. After a year, the babies are close to eight feet tall and the mother will run them off where she can mate again. 
    Since this big bird cannot fly, when trouble comes it will lay down on the ground
and stick its head in the sand. No complaints from the big bird, this is the way God made it. ‘Built in’ response mechanisms to things feared for mankind and for the Ostrich and with all other creatures, are for safety. There are times when this pays off, while other times it does not. 
   Jesus taught, “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you…..
   Love your enemies, do good to them,  and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High,  because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” “Be merciful,  just as your Father  is merciful.
   “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:27-31, 35-37). 
   Truly the way the world fights back and the way Jesus teaches Christians to ‘fight back’ is different. Difficult? YES! But this is just one thing which makes Christians different. They ‘march to a different Drummer’. Jesus said, “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).  
   Christians are not Ostriches, they just ‘fight’ different. Peter said, “But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God” (I Peter 2:20b). The world may ‘win’, for now, but in the end they lose. Good guys don’t always end last.

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