Today is World Penguin Day–a National day means in the US, but a World Day, that’s global. So today, around the globe people are celebrating penguins. Some fun facts: penguins can’t breathe underwater but can stay underwater for a long time–between 7-20 minutes, and did you know they can drink salt water–they have a gland that filters out the salt. And in the news recently, a zoo in Scotland hatched baby penguins, but since nobody can go to the zoo, they made a live web cam so you can watch them. One more, the tallest of penguins, the emperor penguin, to stay warm, their colony will huddle together to make a barrier from wind and cold, and they actually will switch out and rotate from the middle to the outside edges to take turns and warm up.
I love that image of the penguins all taking their turn on the cold outside part. What an image of community, love and selflessness. We should all aim to be like emperor penguins–putting the good of others first, even if we have to suffer a bit.
Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.
Philippians 2:3 (TLB)
Dear Lord, thank you for animals like penguins that we can have fun learning about, but that help us see you in creation. Help me to put others first, and forgive me for my selfish ways. Help me to change. Amen.