A visit to the Ants-5
Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”
Proverbs 6:6 “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!” (NLT)
Today’s lesson from the ant is what I call collaborative effort or teamwork. The reason why the ant seems to achieve so much despite being so small and frail is because they know how to ask for the assistance of others.
When you compare the size of a single ant to an ant hill you will agree with me that one ant can’t achieve that on its own. If you don’t belive me, go break down an ant hill and come back in a few hours, you’ll see it reconstructed. That’s the power of collaboration.
Ants are social insects, which means they live in large colonies or groups. Each depends on the other to corporately achieve success.
There are usually three kinds of ants in a colony: The queen, the female and male workers, and soldiers. The queen’s principal job is laying èggs and she does it all her life.
The soldier ants protect the queen; defend the colony, gather or kill food, and attack enemy colonies in search of food and nesting space. If they defeat another ant colony, they take away eggs of the defeated ant colony. When the eggs hatch, the new ants become the “slave” ants for the colony.
The job specification of the workers includes; taking care of the eggs and babies, gathering food for the colony and building the anthills or mounds.
The ants rely totally on each other. Each ant does its bit excellently and success is achieved collectively.
That’s another great lesson to learn from the ants. Our ability as humans to achieve success and live a successful life lies in our ability to employ the services and corporation of others.
An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, travel alone but if you want to go far, go together”.
Team work is the key to great achievements.
To be continued…
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