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Teaching with Chicken Feathers

And all these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  Deuteronomy 11:6–7 NKJV

teaching with chicken feathersDense fog covered the field as lazy cattle chewed their cud.

The small elementary school on the other side of the fence filled up with children, big and small. Kira, Wyatt, and Travis jumped out of their school buses, gave the PE teacher a big high five, and headed straight to homeroom. Second-grade music came first, and Kira couldn’t wait. She had barely sat down on her carpet square before proudly whipping out a white chicken feather for everyone to see. Sharing her excitement, the music teacher asked if she liked to eat eggs.

“Yes,” Kira replied, “I love scrambled eggs!”

Wyatt attended school in the suburbs before moving to the country. He quickly announced that he didn’t like eggs because eating them meant killing tiny baby chicks.

Travis, who frequently visited his grandparents’ farm, knew Wyatt needed consolation. So, in one big breath, Travis exclaimed, “Only roosters and hens that are married can have baby chicks, so if your chicken isn’t married, you can eat the eggs—there can’t be any baby chicks.”

Moses told the Israelites to teach God’s law to their children. The word diligently means to give proper attention to or give a good measure of care to the task. In other words, he commanded them to provoke healthy and healing conversations about God’s requirements as many times during the day as possible.

When we do this with the children in our care, we honor God by teaching the difference between God’s truths and the world’s lies. Someone in Travis’s family used a hen house to teach God’s design for procreation, and the eight-year-old remembered it well.

What humorous and loving ways can you use to hone the moral compass of the children God places in your sphere of influence?

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