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Sharing with the Chickens

Sharing with the Chickens

My husband often takes the children with him to the chicken coop. They love to come back into the house with their baskets full of freshly laid eggs. Recently he took three-year-old Elisabeth with him. When he can back into the house he was alone.

“Where is Elisabeth?” I asked.

“She’s out there with the chickens.”

“What? You left our three-year-old outside in the chicken coop? Some of those chickens are as big as she is!”

“Just look out the window,” he said.

I walked to the kitchen sink and looked out the window. There was Elisabeth sitting on top of one of the coops. All the chickens were gathered around her as if she were the queen.

“What’s she doing?” I asked.

Hubby grinned. “Well, she took a cup full of sandwich cookies with her. She didn’t want the chickens to bother her so I put her on top of the coop. In true three-year-old fashion, she is scraping the icing off the inside with her teeth. Then she throws the cookie part to the chickens. They are loving this new treat!”

Elisabeth was doing exactly what I catch myself doing sometimes. She was eating her favorite part and then discarding the rest, even though they were perfectly good cookies. I may not be eating cookies but I sometimes act the same way.

I might make it more personal and apply it to my Bible study. I love to read my favorite parts and savor God’s special message for me. But sometimes I tend to skip or read more hurriedly the parts that I am not as familiar with because I have to work harder to understand.

Second Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” All Scripture. I’m not supposed to pick and choose.

I’m not sure if Elisabeth will ever eat the outside cookie part of the chocolate sandwich cookies. But I know I am going to work on enjoying every part of the sweet words of encouragement God has for me—and that’s something wise for all of us parents to do.

By: Linda Gilden is a freelance writer, speaker, and writing coach who loves every lesson she learns from her children and grandchildren.

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