Not long ago, scientists discovered a parasitic fungus turning carpenter ants in Thailand into “zombies.” The fungus, a species of Ophiocordyceps, hijacks the ants’ nervous systems, causing the insects to perform abnormal—and oddly specific—behaviors that help the fungus reproduce.
They found that the growing fungus slowly fills the ant’s body and head, causing muscles to waste away and muscle fibers to spread apart. At first, the infected ants go about their everyday business, doing what ants usually do. However, as time goes on, the fungal part increases until that ant’s behavior is no longer their own. It takes about nine days from the initial infection for the ants to become wholly “zombified.”
To make matters worse for the ant, they also found that the fungus tends to kill its host. A study leader referred to these ants as “…chimeras: part ant and part fungus.”
This strange story reminds me of how we are all vulnerable to a similar outcome. When we let unforgiveness, pride, hate, or similar parasitic thoughts or emotions linger, they will eventually take over and leave a destructive result. It’s only through prayer, reading the word, and repenting that we can find healing.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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