What Can We Learn About Ants?
Yesterday, Saturday, was a beautiful day. My wife, Jenny and I worked in the yard all
day. She is the most dedicated worker I have ever known. When I am ready to drop she
keeps on working. We dug up dying rose bushes and planted new ones. We trimmed
shrubbery and spread soil conditioner. I cleaned the swimming pool and then took a
break and floated in the pool for a while. She continued to work. As I “loafed,” I noticed
an ant that was carrying a piece of vegetation that was over half its size. The ant walked
along the edge of the swimming pool deck. I watched as the ant was confronted by
fellow ants and noticed that it skillfully avoided them. The ants varied in size and color.
Some ants ran to and frow, first along side the busy ant carrying his load. Then, there
were some ants that confronted the busy ant and opposed it. Soon three ants confronted
the busy fellow and knocked him into the swimming pool. I rescued the little ant but he
lost his cargo into the “sea.” I could not help drawing some conclusions regarding the
The busy ant and the opposition were much like candidates for public office or party-line
defensive politicians. The busy ant may have been a Democrat ant or a Republican ant-
you decide. The third group of ants, we will call independents. The outcome of my
observation made me think of the upcoming elections. Each candidate is dedicated to
his/her own political stance. Some work against the progress of others, some persevere
even in face of conflict. Then the remaining participants just run around without
purposeful productivity, and criticize the others. But there is one thing I discovered for
sure, ants are not lazy. Ants are productive. Their endless movement made me ashamed
that I was floating in the pool while Jenny was continuing to work.
The Bible speaks of ants and their productivity. In Proverbs 6:6-7, the Scripture says,
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no
overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
From the very earliest recorded time, laziness has been condemned. Again in Second
Thessalonians 3:10, there is this admonition, “For even when we were with you, we gave
you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." Then why do people
stand on street corners begging for money? There are companies begging for workers.
The beggar’s signs say “Veteran, Hungry and Need Work.” Occasionally, there is the
added phrase, “God Bless.” No they are wrong. There is no blessing in perpetrating the
laziness and worthlessness of human inactivity. God’s rule is well established. No work,
no food. That can be expanded to include “no refuge.” Are not Veterans recipients of
support? Is the Veterans’ Administration ignorant of the needs of those who have served
this county in the armed forces? And, are there not many companies who are begging for
workers? So what do we do to them by enabling their continued lack of work?
Sluggards! Ants work. Other insects and animals work. They store food and survive;
Humans, not so much. Why? It is just easier to become a burden on someone else.
Compassion on those who continue to live in the streets, and beg on the corners, is
vilified by well-meaning “good Samaritans” who give alms to them. That just placates
and encourages the continuation of their determined laziness and ultimate uselessness.
Such activity just enables them to remain “wards” of whoever will support them.
I call on you to stop the mayhem. Encourage the beggars to seek work and to elevate
themselves in society. Some of those people say, I have no talent or I am impaired. Not
really! I heard a story of a man who had one arm. He was drafted in the Army and
pleaded to be sent home because of his affliction. A Sergeant said to the newly drafted
man, “You see that man over there pumping water? He is blind. Go over and tell him
when the bucket is full and then provide another bucket.” Be useful, you do not have to
be a wizard to be a helper. God Bless your efforts. Use your talents for the good of
others and to Glorify God.