Ants moving a crumb

The Small but Mighty Ant

“So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

~Hebrews 6:12

The Bible is full of warnings and admonishments about being lazy. And let me tell you, there are several days when I really need to be reminded that God has created me for good works (Ephesians 2:10). God has given each of His children special talents and a special place in His body. He doesn’t want us to waste them sitting on the couch watching T.V. and eating popcorn and chocolate (1 Corinthians 12:18, Matthew 25:14-30).

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer, and gathers her food in harvest.”

~Proverbs 6:6-8

For some unknown reason, I love small things; flower buds, small animals, Christmas Elves, etc. But I’ve never paid much attention to ants. Until this past Summer. We were sitting outside on our patio and I look down and there are all the ants gathered around this little crumb. I grab Mom’s phone and immediately try to get a few pictures as I was reminded of this verse.

Ants moving a crumb

The ants are so tiny compared to this crumb. But they didn’t let that stop them. They worked together to accomplish the goal a little bit at a time.

It makes me wonder how many of us think we are too young or too old to do something.

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

~1 Timothy 4:12

We as the younger generation are called to be an example for all believers. Just because we are young doesn’t mean that we have permission to sit around and do nothing. We need to be living our lives as Christ lived His; loving as He loved (1 John 2:6). The same is true for the older women.

“Older women…They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women…”

~Titus 2:3a & 4a

Now, I want you to know that being an example and teaching doesn’t mean that you need to be on a stage or teaching a Bible class. You just need to be present and live your life as Jesus would. Sometimes the strongest examples aren’t the ones in front of everyone, they’re the ones that are working “quietly” in the background.

God has good plans for us and work for us to do. Let’s learn from the ant and make the most of the time that we have here on earth; knowing that our time here is short (James 4:14). Don’t let anything or anyone step in your way and stop you from living the abundant life that God has for you.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue