What hanging out with a few thousand chickens can teach you

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A persistent push for immediate action, consistent determination and keeping the important responsibilities as top priorities — all of these are ways to describe urgency.

Maintaining and modeling a sense of urgency is important for us as believers because of our mandate to share Christ and make disciples.

It also helps those of us who want to stay sharp, be productive, streamline routines and live efficiently and effectively.

An intense focus seeking quality results regarding a crucial situation might be another way to explain it.

But no matter how you describe it, the hurry and haste associated with urgency does not equate to chaos and carelessness.

Calmly making progress vs. rushing around in a tizzy

I remember moments when I’ve rushed around in a tizzy, attempting to make up a few minutes of lost time only to create more problems for myself. Instead of gaining time, I actually lost time because I spilled water on my project or took the wrong exit off the interstate and got stuck in traffic or tripped and hurt myself — all from rushing rather than concentrating.

I learned this lesson the best when my dad was teaching me how to gather eggs in our family layer (chicken) house. I was 15 years old and a bit scared of both the hens and the roosters.

Dad taught me to move with a smooth, calm motion through the large housing facility filled with hundreds of individual hen houses, slipping my hand carefully but quickly into the nests to grab the eggs.

Maintaining a steady, focused pace and not over reacting to every peck or screech helped settle my feathered friends down.

It also meant fewer broken eggs and a successful contribution to the day’s overall results.

—Jennifer Davis Rash