“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise! (Proverbs 6:6)
REV. ANTHONY ESEH
✔️ Though ants are very small in size but they are a symbol of strength, diligence, willpower, honesty, unity, patience, determination, strength, sacrifice, and loyalty. Resulting to these qualities, the Bible enjoys the sluggards to go to the ant and consider her ways and be wise.
✔️ There are a lot of things that we can learn from ants. Ants have a lot of traits that, when we apply them, we will have a tremendous result. Some of these traits are as follows:
- Ants can never be intimidated by the Size of their workload. They cannot be intimidated by the size of the objects that they need to carry.
- Ants don’t just leave their fellow ants alone when carrying huge objects, they help each other, making it possible for them to achieve their goals. They value teamwork.
- Ants are so organized in carrying out their tasks no matter how big the task is they must get it done.
- They Save for Rainy Days. Ants don’t just eat on the spot they see their food; they often carry it to their colony and save it for the rainy days. They make sure that what they store in their harvest season will take them to the next season.
- Ant is one of the most laborious diligent insects that exists on earth. It is heard to see a group of ants leave what they are carrying and quit, they persevere and make sure that they get the job done.
- Ants love their own young; they always protect them.
- Ants are caretakers, they love and care for one another. They have two stomachs, one for their own food and one to feed others.
- Ants do not need to have all the attention; they work quietly without show or boasting.
- Ants are resourceful, they often build their own homes and underground tunnels.
- Ants keep their homes very clean.
- Every ant has a definite job or assignment. They don’t sit around watching others do the work.
- Ants are very protective; they fight to death in order to protect their homes and their young ones from enemies.
- Ants always want to learn; they are intelligent and wise. They are eager to find out how things work.
- Ants know how to motivate themselves; they don’t need somebody else.
- Ants are very strong. They can carry things 50 times their own body weight.
- The soldier ant protects the Queen. They use their heads to block their entrances, stopping intruders from entering their nest.
- Ants are enslavers or colonist. They often ‘kidnap’ ants from other colonies and force them to do their work.
- Soldier ants ‘steal’ eggs from other colonies. Once they hatch, the baby ants will be used as slaves.
- They are the worlds’ first farmers. They practice agriculture longer before human beings. They have been in existence for 130 million years.
- Ants have succeeded in world domination. Ants can be found in every single continent except for the artic and Antarctica. There are over 12,000 species of ants on our planet and there are 10,000,000,000,000,000 ants on earth currently.
- Ants can create super-brains. Although they may be small, they can come together as huge groups and use their intellect as a whole.
- There are three types of ants in a colony; the queen, the major worker and the lesser worker. The queen is the largest and the lesser worker the smallest.
- The role of the Queen is to lay tens of thousands of eggs, ensuring that the colony remains strong and mighty.
- They are super patriotic! When the queen dies, the rest of the colony will die within a few months.
- Female worker ants can travel as far as 200 metres from their nests and still come back to their house.
- A colony of 40,000 ants is collectively as intelligent as a human being.
- Some ants are nomads. Like the critters, they are army ants and they wonder alone collecting food and attacking rival colonies.
- Leafcutter ants are farmers. They grow mushrooms through secreting antibiotics, which enhances mould growth.
- Ants can go to for war with rival colonies for weeks at a time.
- Ants teach each other! They are the only non-mammals who can learn through interaction.
- If an egg is fertilized, a female ant develops. If the egg is left unfertilized, a male ant hatch.
- The strongest ant is the leafcutter ant, which can lift 50 times its body weight.
- Each ant colony has its own special scent. Through this way, they can know smell of intruders!
- The carpenter ant can Kill itself in order to save others! It contracts its body to rupture their gland and spray toxic liquid at its enemies.
- When an ant dies, it releases a chemical that communicates to the other ants to move it to a burial ground.
✔️ God bless you for taking this lesson from the 🐜.