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Minute Message August 23

Posted by Tom Ellsworth on

I like what the wise King Solomon wrote in the book of Proverbs, “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.  Learn from their ways and be wise.”  Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

These tiny insects are anything but lazy; their boundless energy is inspirational.  After all, we understand the obvious dangers of laziness, but some affects are subtler than others.  Dr. M. Scott Peck writes that laziness is a contributing factor to our failure to build strong relationships.  You see, relationships require commitment and hard work but the lazier we become as a people, the less energy we are willing to invest in those we love.  Once again, take a lesson from the ant.  Some colonies may house as many as a million, each of which contributes to the colony.  Science is also learning that ants wounded in battle, are taken back to the nest where their wounds are treated.  Of those left untreated away from the nest, 80 percent die.  Of those treated, only 10 percent do not survive.  Caring relationships matter.

Our relationships require time, energy and sacrifice but they are well worth every investment.  Take a lesson from the ant – don’t be lazy in the important matters of life.

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