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Donnerstag, 19. Juli 2012

Busy as Bees?

Busy as Bees?

"Okay, girls. It's time to get busy," said Mom. "We'll all go out to the garden and do a little weeding."

Jill and Cathy, who were sprawled on the living room floor reading, looked up. "It's too hot to work," Jill complained.

"Yeah!'' said Cathy. "Besides, it's summer vacation. We were busy with homework and stuff all fall and winter and spring. Who wants to work in the summer, too?"

"I know some who do," said Mom. "They're out on the driveway right now. Maybe you could learn something from them."

Surprised, Jill and Cathy jumped up and ran to the window. "There isn't anybody out there," Cathy said with a frown. "Did they go next door?"

"Go outside and look closely," Mom replied.

The girls went out and looked around curiously. "I don't see anybody next door, either," said Jill. "Maybe Mom was . . ." Then she stopped. "Hey, look! See the ant hill in this crack in the pavement? Maybe these ants are what she meant!"

Jill and Cathy sat down on the warm cement to watch the little creatures. "Look how fast they move," said Jill. "The heat doesn't seem to bother them."

"They do work hard," agreed Cathy. "Look at that one! That thing he's dragging is ten times bigger than he is!"

Jill nodded. "Yeah, ants are strong. We studied them in school. Ant hills are often just the entrance to miles of underground tunnels. We learned that ants are our friends because they get rid of dead animals and plants."

Cathy laughed. "Maybe, but Mom doesn't act very friendly toward them when she finds them in the kitchen," she said. She stood up. "They sure do race around," she added. "They're as busy as bees."

Jill giggled. "No, as busy as ants," she corrected. "They all work so hard and . . ." Jill stopped and looked at her sister. "That must be the lesson Mom wanted us to learn! Work hard, even in the summer."

"I think you're right!" replied Cathy. "Okay . . . let's go weed the garden. After all, we don't want to be outdone by a bunch of ants!"

Do you work hard? Or do you put off work—maybe because it's very difficult or the weather is too hot or you just don't feel like doing it? God doesn't approve of laziness. He says to observe the ants. Have you seen how they tackle big tasks and all work together? That's what God intends for families, too. Find a chore or project you can do to be helpful. And then do it—do it for your family and also because you know it’s what Jesus wants you to do.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: (Proverbs 6:6)
Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise

Children's Bible Hour

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