A Lesson in Laziness

Proverbs 6:6 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. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

God says “Go to the ant” to learn a lesson about laziness. So we did just that! After receivng this container as a birthday present, the ants arrived in the mail!  My dad assisted me in pouring the ants into the ant farm.

Then, we watched the ants work together to move the sand and build their tunnels. At night when it was dark, they all huddled together at the top of the hill. But when day light hit, they got busy and all day long they worked and worked and worked. No one told them what to do. They simply work. They are amazing homemakers!

As we observed the ants, we discussed all the life lessons that God wants us to learn. It’s easy to rise from our bed feeling slothful. These “lazy” summer days without the normal routine of school work, can send the kids into a feeling of resentment when I ask something of them.

Then there’s the excuses. Proverbs 26:13 “The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” The children haven’t tried this excuse yet – but they’ve used plenty others.

We must teach our children to be diligent and not make excuses. So the next time you see an ant hill rather than running for bug spray, pause for a moment, invite the children to come check it out – there is a lesson from God’s word your children need to hear!

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  • http://www.toodarnhappy.com/ Kim Hall

    What a great lesson for kids to learn! How wonderful for them to literally see that everyone from bug to beast to man, all work, and with that work, comes reward.

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  • Amanda

    This is a great! We’re about to start Kindergarten with My Father’s World Curriculum and it includes this ant farm. I’ll be sure to include this lesson if isn’t included already. Blessings!

  • Clio

    We just finished up with our ant farm. The most amazing thing to me is how much the work the ants get done carrying one tiny little grain of sand at a time. I so often get overwhelmed, and now I think of those little ants. Uncomplaining, hard working, accomplishing great things in tiny increments.

    FYI: Our little guide said the ants would live three to four weeks. That was true for *most* of our ants, but a few hung on for quite a bit longer. Like a couple of months longer!

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  • http://www.stefanicarmichael.wordpress.com/ Stefani Carmichael

    What a great idea! I know my 7-year-old would love this, and I’m sure it would be very helpful to him.

  • Sis

    I forget about the story of an ant, good reminder!

  • B_watne

    i usually enjoy the reminders of how hard ants work, but this week we have been taken over by ants! they are everywhere! yikes!

  • Debra

    Wonderful example, thank you.

  • http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/ Carey Green

    Thought I’d introduce myself instead of just “lurnking” about… by saying “Thanks” for this short article Courtney… there are “teachable moments” and “learning times” with our children everywhere, aren’t there? And your knowledge of scripture makes even MORE moments into teachable ones. I applaud how you are using your education AND your passion for motherhood to knit together a ministry to many. I hope to be “lurking” about a bit more in the future!

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