A Sweet Truth

A Sweet Truth

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My husband keeps bees and last week the family gathered to help process the honey crop. We got about 170 pounds of honey from three hives—a bountiful harvest.

For fun, my husband shared some bee statistics with us. Apparently honey bees fly over fifty-thousand miles to produce one pound of honey, and a single bee makes only one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime! (That’s one-third of a quarter-teaspoon, if you want to picture it in your head.)

Think about it from the point of view of a single bee. A whole lifetime of work, miles and miles flying back and forth, all for a few measly drops of honey. It hardly seems worth it.

Fortunately, a beehive is a team effort. Thousands of bees each do their tiny part, and together a healthy hive can produce sixty to one hundred pounds of honey in a year.

Sometimes we feel as insignificant as a single honey bee.

We don’t see how our paltry efforts will make any difference. The problems are too big and no matter how long or hard we work, we will make no more than a dent.

It can be all too easy to give up—why keep banging our heads against a situation we’ll never be able to change?

At those moments, we need to remember that even though a single bee only produces one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey, together they produce so much excess honey that we humans can harvest it and enjoy it on our morning toast.

Our efforts are not in vain, regardless of how small and useless they may seem. We matter to God, and whatever he calls us to do makes a difference in this world. We may never see the results of our efforts, but God does.

So don’t lose heart. Your service to God and his people matters.

A lot.

I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do. ~ Jana Standfield

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the church or library, she blogs about intentional living and writes historical mysteries.


  1. Wow I didn’t know that about bees but what an inspiration to know we can work together to produce a bountiful work.

  2. It’s hard to imagine each bee adds such a small quantity. Even insects can teach us about God and his ways.

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