The Vanities of Life

One Sunday morning, a wealthy man sat on his balcony enjoying the sunshine and his coffee when a little ant caught his eye; carrying a big leaf several times its size from one side of the balcony to the other side.

The man watched it for more than an hour. He saw that the ant faced many impediments during its journey, but it would pause, take a diversion and then continue towards its destination. At one point the tiny creature came across a crack in the floor. It paused for a little while to analyze and then laid the huge leaf over the crack, walked over the leaf, picked the leaf on the other side then continued its journey.

The man was captivated by the cleverness of this ant, one of God’s tiniest creatures. The incident left him in awe and made him contemplate the miracle of creation and the greatness of the Creator. Before his very eyes was this tiny creature of God, lacking in size yet equipped with a brain to analyze, contemplate, reason, explore, discover and overcome. Along with all these capabilities, the man also noted that this tiny creature shared some human shortcomings.

About an hour later he observed that the creature had reached its destination – a tiny hole in the floor, which was the entrance to its underground dwelling. At this point, the ant’s shortcoming was revealed.

How could the ant carry the large leaf it labored to bring into the tiny hole? It simply couldn’t!

So the tiny creature, after all the hard work and exercise of great skills, overcoming all the difficulties along the way, just left the large leaf behind and went home empty-handed. It had not thought about the end before it began its challenging journey, and in the end, the large leaf was nothing more than a burden to it. The creature had no option but to leave it behind in order to enter its destination.

The man learned a great lesson that day. Isn’t that the truth about our lives?

We worry about our family; we worry about our job; we worry about how to earn more money; we worry about where we should live – a 5 or 6 bedroom house. What kind of vehicle to buy – a Mercedes or Honda or BMW or Porsche? What kind of dress to wear? All sorts of things, only to abandon all them all when we reach our destination and we realize we cannot enter with all these things.

We don’t realize during our life’s journey that these are just burdens we are carrying with such care and fear of losing them, only to find that in the end, they are useless and we can’t take them with us. The only treasure that lasts forever is our relationship with God, our creator.

You need to ask yourself, “Am I using my whole life to serve Him?

— Author Unknown

Meditation: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?Mark 8:36

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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