Ants in Your Pants

By Linda Tancs

Were you ever told as a child that you have “ants in your pants?” Any fidgety child knows what that means. Theologian and writer Frederick Buechner once described doubts as “ants in the pants of faith,” something like a catalyst keeping faith awake and moving. Doubts are to faith what a reboot is to a computer.

You might be surprised to learn that Mother Teresa of Calcutta was deeply tormented about her faith and suffered great periods of doubt about God. Yet it didn’t affect her profound dedication to the poor and afflicted. In many ways, she enlivened others’ faith through her demonstration of selflessness and humility despite her own privations.

So don’t despair over doubt (Psalm 42:11). It’s good to have ants in your pants.