Friday, June 17, 2005

Ant Lessons

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” Sarah Bernhart

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.” Proverbs 6:6

The project will take
Fifteen years in and out
Though he will surely die
Before the year is out.
He knows the end result
Is worth the present strain
Though he personally
Has nothing to gain.
He searches and gathers
With joy in his heart
He is happy just knowing
He has played some small part.
To stand out from the others
Doesn’t even cross his mind
There’s too much work to be done
To prepare for those left behind.
No one has to check up on him
Or remind him to stay on task.
Everyone knows he will do his job
Even if they never ask.
He spends himself
For the sake of the colony.
He thrives on order
His effort brings harmony.
Lord, I thank you now
For these lessons from the ant.
Erasing from my vocabulary
That useless phrase—“I can’t.”
“About my Father’s business”
You said is what you’d do
And I will do the same
And spend myself for the glory of You.

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