Teacher Devotions: Look, Waddle, & Squawk

Teacher Devotions: Look, Waddle, & Squawk

One day while in the Marine Corps, I asked my friend, who was a Staff Sergeant, what was the best way to get promoted to Sergeant.  He said, “If you want to be a Sergeant, act like one.”  That was some really profound philosophy and it holds with it a bit of truth.

Another bit of truth that comes from an old cliché goes something like, “Well, if it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, and squawks like a duck, it must be a duck!”  Comparatively, the Apostle James tells us in chapter 1 verse 22, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”  Jesus said many times to love God, our neighbor, and ourselves.  In fact, He commanded it.  The emphasis behind a “Doer” of being a believer is to be “Christ-like”.  And to be “Christ-like” is to love.  It is the highest level of love possible.  The type of love that cannot be explained.

Sometimes my wife will do something for me un-expectantly and I will ask her, “That was really sweet of you, why did you do that?”  And she will answer with a smile, “Because I love you”.  No explanation, but only that she loves me.

As teachers, we are to be showing our students this type of love.  Does this mean we let them treat us anyway they want to, or talk to us anyway they want to?  NO, it means that we are to respond with the love of Jesus Christ.  We are to be imitators of God’s love in as much as it is possible within us.

“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

James 1:22

That is how God is telling us to love our students.  It is a love only manifested through a life controlled by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  And we can only have the Holy Spirit if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Whether it’s profound philosophy of “act like one”; or a word of truth about a duck that “looks, waddles and squawks”, these sayings should cause us to remember that we belong to Jesus Christ.  They should cause us to ask ourselves the questions, “Does my behavior show others that I belong to Jesus?” So, may we dare ask ourselves, “Do I look, waddle, and squawk like Jesus?”

As "Christians", our goal is to be like Jesus.  If all Christians applied this “act like one" or “looks like one, waddles like one, and squawks like one” philosophy, I have often wondered how the Body of Christ would change.  How would our students, classrooms, and schools be changed?  How would Sunday in church be different?  How would our neighborhoods and workplaces be changed?  How would our society be changed?  And maybe, our nation would worship Jehovah God once again and love and serve Him the way we should.  In fact, how different would the world around us be if we “looked like a Christian, waddled like a Christian, and squawked like a Christian”?

The next time you see a duck, remember the words of the Apostle James in chapter 1 verse 22.  More importantly, remember the command of Christ to love God, love people; and look, waddle and squawk like Jesus.

Dr. Robby Phelps from

“Tips From The Toolbox.”

by Dr. Robert Phelps

Dr. Robert Phelps is St. Cloud Christian Preparatory School's senior teacher and lead administrator for the school's tutoring program.

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