I recently learned some facts about bees and beehives. Did you know that anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 bees fill one hive? Each bee contributes approximately 1/12 a teaspon of honey to the hive. One hive produces a pound of honey.
At first glance, it would seem that the contribution of one individual bee to be a paltry thing. Take away 1/12 a teaspon and it would leave most of the honey in place. However, what if several bees or a dozen bees or several dozen bees failed to contribute? The result would be far different.
The speaker who gave this information then compared the contribution of a bee to our own contributions. I am occasionally guilty of believing that if I fail to show up for church, or a work project, or what-have-you, it won't make any difference. And then I realize that I am only rationalizing my way out of fulfilling my duty. If I can add only 1/12 of a teaspons of "honey," that is more than what there was originally.
So, for today, I am grateful for bees ... and people ... who do their part.