Summary: Sometime in life we make a big deal out of small things. Ant hills are small and isolated, moles tear up and entire yard with tunnels underground and cause massive damage. Sometimes we need to sit back and ask ourselves , is this a big deal?

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The Ant , The Mole Hill

During the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee had a shortage of soldiers. His army could be devastated if the Union army discovered this weakness. Since he could not increase the number of soldiers, he decided he could make his army look larger than it actually was.

He loaded troops on trains and transported them to different places. At every train station, the same Confederate soldiers were unloaded from the trains. It appeared that new troops were being transported in to be added to the Rebel army.

The Union forces became confused and afraid because they believed the South had a much larger army than they actually had. General Lee hadn't made his army any larger or more powerful. He was simply using a psychological tactic to discourage the Union army. And it worked!

Satan tries to make our problems look bigger than they really are, trying to discourage us.

Have you ever heard the expression, probably from your momma or granny or some cases with you younger folks, “You are making a mole hill out of an ant hill.” Having a scientific mind, I have asked myself over and over , what does that supposed to me.

So I did my research to find out what that meant.

So I took a look at the ant hill.

I found that many ant hills can be huge and there are some small but generally no matter where they are,

They are confined to a general area even it’s it is underground. I found this video I thought was so cool about the size of an ant hill.


Now a mole hill is something totally different. You have endless possibilities with moles. They will destroy and entire yard in a week or two. It is not confined to one space , moles hills are everywhere.

Now let’s contrast things in our lives:

There are things that we deal with on a daily basis we think are giant mole hills that are going to completely destroy us but really there only ant hills. What are you talking about:

1) Failure – to most people 90%, failure is considered negative. I didn’t get that job, I didn’t pass that test, I was not promoted. My dad was one of the greatest advisors on the planet. When I lost my job as a chemist, he said, that’s a blessing, I said dad how can you say that? He said, it was making you sick and I know you would never quit. My liver was failing. He’s right I would died trying to provide for my family. I failed, I lost my job or was I making a mole hill out of an ant hill. God provided.

Thomas Edison Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, "I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth."

What makes a person a failure?

It is ok if you mess up, it is ok if you fail because my God never fails.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD,

And He delights in his way.

24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;

For the LORD upholds him with His hand.

Do you know what that means? You are not a failure.

2) Job – I know something about being in church with Pastors who lie, I know about being let go with a family at home because a company thinks you have liver cancer. I know about having babies at home and no job. I used to let my job define who I was. A job is important but it’s not a mole hill, it’s a daily annoying ant hill, but isn’t going to determine my life.

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