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Lessons From Ants

Ants. They are small, but definitely pesky. I just recently cleaned our kitchen area by completely removing all the utensils, and then, spraying the entire area with an insecticide.

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But guess what, two days later, the red and black ants were back.

Sometimes, I wonder why God created them, if they’d only be squashed mercilessly by ant-haters like me.

But their constant presence in our house reminded me nothing is accidental, and therefore, lessons can be learned even from ants.

Some people might wonder, “Lesson? What lesson can ants teach educated people like us?” Oh, there are plenty of things we can learn from them.

Sure, ants don’t possess brute strength that lions, elephants or hippos have, but these small creatures, were cited by King Solomon in the book of Proverbs as one of the tiny creatures around where we could learn a thing or two in life.

Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

From King Solomon’s observation, we can get some insights.

Ants don’t hold election. They don’t have presidents, or senators or congressmen to direct their next food attack, but they still get the job done.

For example, leave your cookie jar open, and in a few minutes, you’d see an army of red or black ants swarming all over your favorite Chips-A-Hoy cookie. They work hard and store food, anything they could find.

Funny, isn’t it? In our nation, we’ve got tons of positions and titles created in our government, but too many times, we still get disappointing results.

Ants save a lot. Because we live in a time where it is tempting to buy every gadget, appliance, food and other material possessions you want, our tendency is to spend, spend, spend and forget saving. Not these pesky red and black ants.

When they see a litter, they just contact their fellow ants through their reliable antennae and presto! A swarm will grab the morsel of food.

Ants know when it’s time to gather or time to hide. I guess what insecticides fail to do completely, rainy season can fulfill, that is, keep these ants away from our house.

That’s because come rainy season, ants are holed up in their mini-caves, basically, not hiding, but enjoying a feast of what they gathered last summer.

Okay, the next time you see ants in your house or room, before squashing them, maybe, remember these lessons from these small creatures. 

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One Response to “Lessons From Ants”

  1. I agree with what you said about the ant.
    Ants work hard to take care of themselves and their colony. They don’t expect anyone to take care of themselves even no mentor at all. They also diligently manage and work to make sure they have more than enough.
    God did not create us to be completely independent of other people but we need mentors to counsel to get in the future.
    This is great that Ants did not wait for someone to give them money but rather they stretch their feet to work early and store. Life is risky but they go and explore. Trust God. Don’t sit and wait.
    Have you dream to pay all your bills? to have a nice house and car paid in CASH? Your future begins today to STORE no matter how small you earn, God will reward you. Use our talents and passion. If ants can do, you can do it.
    i remember Chinkee Tan’s saying “if you work hard, you will play later. but if you play now, you will pay later.”
    Trust and Obey.


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