A roach! STOMP! STOMP! SQUISH!
Bugs seem simple and unaesthetic to many people. But let's take a look at the life of a one of my favorite bugs, Amy the ant.
Amy the ant is born to a healthy colony. She finds herself an average healthy ant amongst many others in her generation, and her head spins as she tries to make sense of this new world that has so recently become her reality. But no time! "Amy, stop standing around! Take care and nurse the younger ants! You know what to do," says an elder nurse ant. Amy, confused, nurses and cares for the younger ants along with many other young ants in her generation. It is during her first job as a nursing ant that Amy realizes some ants are born with wings while others like herself are not. These fertile winged ants, or alates, if female are destined to mate and possibly become the queen ant of their very own colony!
"Amy, stop standing around," exclaimed an elder ant, "there's many ants nursing. Come help me clean up the colony." Amy realizes there are more jobs to do, and so she looks over to a younger ant and says, "Oi! Quit standing around! Nurse and take care of the younger ants!" Then she hurries over to help her fellow ant clean up the colony. It is in her travels throughout the colony that she matures and becomes truly dedicated towards helping the colony. She seeks to do more for the colony, for her family.
"Amy, stop standing around! Food supplies are low we are heading out to forage the nearby areas, " says an elder ant. Amy puts down her cleaning tools, and as she prepares to forage on behalf of the colony for the first time, she spots a young nursing ant and says, "Oi! There's plenty of ants nursing. Come clean up the colony!"
A friend of mine told me he got rid of his Instagram account because it was becoming a problem. He kept comparing his life to the photos on his feed: the highlighted bibles next to a cup of coffee, the bouquet of flowers in natural light, a group selfie on a boat in deep water. He mentioned #fomo, which is fear of missing out.
Here's my mess for you today: I am constantly seeking affirmation from other people. Because of this, I often resent people. I am bitter when I look at their pictures. I am bitter when their blogs have hundreds of readers. I am bitter when they start a business. I am bitter when they are doing something - anything - that I could be doing. And it doesn't help when someone asks me, "What do you do?" I assume that being a stay at home mother isn't enough. It doesn't help when someone asks me when I'm going back to work. It's just a vicious cycle.
Jesus said, "How can you believe, if you accept praise from one another and don't seek the praise that comes from God?"
Jesus is saying that it's super difficult to actually take his message to heart if we're dependent upon other people to affirm us. The crux of his message is that we don't have to belong to the world. We can belong to God.
He also says, "I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you accept him."