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Ants As My Teachers

I don’t know, but the past days, I noticed that there are just so many red ants everywhere in our house. Walls, restroom, side tables…

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

But guess what, two days later, the 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 gave me something to ponder just before I sleep tonight.

Actually, there are plenty of things we can learn from ants.

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 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.

So, the next time you see ants in your house or room, before squashing them, just remember the life lessons we can draw from these small creatures.

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