{Are You A Plodder?}


PROVERBS 6:6-8 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.


The ant can only move one grain, one seed, one crumb of bread at a time but they carry food into their underground nest all summer long. Have you ever seen an ant colony? They are somewhat like cities. Hundreds and even thousands of ants live in one nest. Some of the ants feed and care for the young, others keep the nest clean or store away food and still others guard the entrances to the nest. An ant's home is not just a hole in the ground, besides several different entrances there are rooms for the queen to lay eggs, rooms where the eggs are taken for hatching and separate rooms used as nurseries for the young larvae. There are "feeding" rooms, rooms where food is stored and even a room where the "trash" is carried. Scientists cannot explain some of the things that ants do. Although they feed each other and work together, they cannot think and plan ahead as people do. Yet they carry and store food continuously during warm weather and then cluster together and spend the winter sleeping inside their nest. They don't just work in the spring to replinish their stores then take the rest of the summer off. They don't wait until September to begin storing food. They keep plodding day after day, week after week and month after month until their work is halted by the weather. Soloman tells us in the above scripture from Proverbs 6 that we should learn a lesson from one of God's tiniest creatures. They don't have a boss yet they plod along day after day doing the same chores over and over. They do not have great intelligence but they have food stored in their home for the winter.

God is not looking for eloquent speakers, master musicians or great vocalists to serve Him; they are a rarity. God is looking for plodders. He needs workers who are willing to plod along day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year doing the same job, witnessing to the same people and praying the same prayers. Some only want to work for God if they can be in the spot light. Others only want to serve God on Sunday. Christianity doesn't work that way, life doesn't work that way. Very few people are lucky enough to win the lottery and become instantly rich. The people so blessed with money they don't have to work for a living are few and great orators and singers are even fewer. The majority of us must work every day to provide food, clothing and a home for ourselves and our families. Likewise, not everyone in the church can have a job up front preaching, singing or playing an instrument. The majority of the congregation works behind the scenes teaching, cleaning, keeping the nursery or driving the bus. Just as the majority of the world's popluation are plodders, the plodders are the glue that holds the church together. It is the plodders who work and pay taxes which in turn keeps the world functioning and without the plodders in church, the church would have to close.

The next time you start to question if what you are doing is worth the effort, think about the ant. The next time you want to quit because you are tired of doing the same thing over and over and over, read Proverbs 6:6-8 again. Highlight this scripture and bookmark the page! Life is repetitious. I did some of the same things today that I was doing 30 years ago! Does that mean I'm not accomplishing anything? Does that mean I should stop doing these things because they never stay done? No, it simply means life is repetitious! That's life - and I'm living mine! I'm a plodder. If necessary, I'll get up tomorrow morning and do it all again! I teach children to play the piano. Some may get a lesson in one week while it may take another 2 or 3 weeks. Does this mean child #2 should quit? NO! It just means it may take him longer to learn to play the piano. Some of my most promising students have quit after just a year and some I said would never be a pianist have plodded on for 5 or more years and made me eat my words - which one was successful? The plodders - they always are!


In the story of The Tortoise And The Hare, the Hare knew he could out run the tortoise so he sat down to rest and fell asleep. The tortoise plodded on and won the race.
So keep on plodding...you'll get there!



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