What Does God Say About Staying Busy?

The ants go marching in!

Have you ever seen an ant marching on the sidewalk or in an anthill in your yard? Have you ever seen an ant just sitting around watching and waiting while all the other ants on the march do all the work? This summer, try leaving a bread crumb outside your home on the sidewalk or driveway for a few hours and watch to find out the answer!

The Bible has stories about all sorts of wonderful creatures. As a Compassion Explorer, read or listen to Proverbs 30:24-28 to discover what you can learn from tiny ants!

Consider the ants! You can learn from them about keeping busy this summer. Here are some ideas.

  • If you see an empty soda can on the playground or left by the sofa, put it in the trash, even if you didn’t leave it there.
  • If your parents need help with the yard or garden, try pulling weeds or picking fresh vegetables! Maybe you can give the vegetables to a homeless shelter.
  • Did you sleep in and miss playing with your friends or going to a summer practice? Get up earlier, and have a great day full of fun and friends!
  • How about being wise every day? On a piece of paper draw one thing you can do to be wise and helpful (like brushing your teeth, putting your clothes in the laundry, picking up your toys, cleaning off your place at the table, or helping your little brother or sister).

God is delighted when we are wise and productive — like the ants!

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for giving us ants in Your creation to help us to become more like You! Help me to be more like the ants – to stay busy and wise for Your kingdom. Show me when and where to serve You by helping others and not giving up when there is a challenge. Help me to keep marching for my friends, family and community. Thank You for showing me how to be wise, and help Compassion kids around the world to also march as ants for You, our Lord Jesus Christ!

In Your name, Amen.