A few weeks ago Ndubuisi Ekekwe, founder of the African Institution of Technology, stopped at a rest area in Connecticut.
As I was resting, I noticed some ants in action. I observed that when one finds food, others immediately gathered to help pull the food to their storage. I decided to disturb the pattern, which unfortunately, resulted in wounding one. Quickly, they came together and evacuated it. Then they re-organized and continued on the line they had created. I saw no form of supervision, yet they were accomplishing tremendous tasks, such as moving pieces of food that were about 30 times their individual sizes.
What did he learn:
- The ants worked as a team
- The ants trusted one another
- The ants informed others when they discovered food
- The ants were partners and of different sizes
- The ants were diligent and focused
- The ants regrouped
Peter Miller has written that swarming animals, like ants, can teach us a lot about planning, military strategy, and business management. They make decisions as a group and depend on one another to survive. Samuel Haldeman had already observed that these small creatures live in unity, are hard-working, prudent and disciplined. It is no wonder the Biblical Solomon rebuked the lazy man: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”
He applies this to business, but there is much for churches to learn here as well (Prov. 6:6-11).You can read the rest of the article here.