The Ant and the Grasshopper

By Mike Thompson

The Ant and the Grasshopper

I suspect that most of us remember the story of the ants who were preparing for the winter and the grasshopper who fiddled away his time to prepare. This story has several insightful issues and truths that we each should consider.

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. “Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?” “I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.” “Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for the days of necessity. From Aesop’sFables

The question is; are we an “ant” or are we a “grasshopper”? We don’t really know when “winter” will come or how long we have to prepare for “it.” I don’t know if it is “spring, summer, or fall”, but I do know that it is time for us to prepare.

May we each use the available time to prepare for what lies before us.

Mike Thompson

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