lessons from the bees

It is towards the end of bee season.

Here’s some bee facts:

  • The bees main job is to pollinate flowers and produce honey or beeswax.
  • When a drone bee mates with the queen, it dies instantly.
  • Drones also do not have stingers, so it is the females causing the pain.
  • And it is only honey bees that die after stinging.
  • There are over 16,000 different types.
  • They live on all continents except Antarctica and in every habitat that has insect pollinating flowering plants.
  • Some live in social colonies.
  • They range in size from 2mm or 1/8 of an inch up to 39 mm or almost 1.5 inches.
  • The main reason they collect pollen is to care for their young.

Shouldn’t we be doing the same? How do we care for our young – either young in age or young in Christianity?

Well, first we need to ‘pollinate’ them with kindness and speak words of ‘honey’ into their souls.

Pleasant words are honey from a honeycomb – sweet to the soul and healing for the body” Proverbs 16.24

The bees dying after they sting remind me that:

The sting of death is sin…” I Corinthians 15.56

We need to teach that sin ‘stings’ and can entangle us to keep us from our true purpose.

“…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” Hebrews 12.1

We need to remind those younger in age or spirit and ourselves that we are unique, special, and one of a kind, but we have limited time here on earth. God has a plan that will suit just us and how He created us to be – each one of us as individuals. Let’s pursue that purpose and find it while we still have time to be used. We don’t need to be buzzing around aimlessly, but can be focused doing what God has called us to do until our time here is over.

Is that little one learning from the older?

I wonder, do those bees know they have a short season to live?

None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27.1

We should consider that with our comings and goings and use our time wisely.

One way is just by being kind.

That is what we can be reminded of when we see some bees…

to just be 🐝 kind

and then others will see us…


Here’s an earlier post on being kind: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/08/31/it-is-the-end-of-be-kind-to-humankind/

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