The ants go marching one by one hooray! hooray! The marching of the little people is what makes this world work. You see there are presidents, kings, superstar athletes, CEOs of major corporations, and then there is me. There are men of great strength, Hollywood celebrities, super models, great authors, and there is me.
So where do you fit into this world? Are you a superstar or a worker bee? Do you run a major corporation or are you just part of life's ant farm? Truth is I like it here on the farm. Just another face in the sea of faces.. and you know what they say.. all ants look alike.
I have not polled any ants or bees, but I think the message they have is being about the business that needs to be done, and not being jealous of the queen bees or the bossy foreman of your ant farm staff.
So how does that fit in with the body of Christ? Selfless service and simply doing what needs to be done no matter if you are the next Billy Graham, the next church janitor, or a cartoonist! Whether you are the head of a corporation, work in the mail room, or waiter at the local pie shop. What if you are a mom buried with the responsibilities of caring for your preschool children, or a teacher of 4th graders, or a senior widow woman slowed by old age? All one body of many parts, and all parts important.
The list of possibilities go on and on.. , BUT what if each of us were selfless? What if we really believed this life was only a stepping stone to eternity in Heaven then what would it matter the recognition, what would it matter our bank account balance? What if we were each faithful in the moment to our neighbors in need, and not worried about our status and recognition in this life? What a life this could be if we were all happy living in God's ant farms or being His little worker bees.
Ok you can stop cringing. God's bugs? what a high calling! Maybe the bar should set a bit higher, as the classic Hymns for 'bugs' may be The Ants Go Marching One By One, Hoorah! or the Flight of the Bumblebee.
note: This is not a call to a life of underachievment where you settle for less than what God has called you, but simply a call to be useful and to serve as God leads.
Reality is to be true to who God made us. This makes God smile, and leads us to a place of contentment.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson