Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Consider the Ant - Work Hard

“Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider its ways and be wise!” –Proverbs 6:6

This verse from Proverbs 6 came swiftly to mind one morning when noticing an ant on the concrete walkway in my backyard. Before I continue, let me clarify that ant-watching is not a regular practice of mine. However, I think it’s fair to say that we have all taken a moment or two in our life to observe ants—those tiny little creatures that rarely travel alone and who always seem to be hard at work.  

This particular ant was no different, as it was part of a legion that was marching back and forth along the walkway. But what really caught my eye was that it was carrying (or at least trying to carry) a blade of grass that was considerably larger than itself. The ant struggled with the blade and lost control of it numerous times, but never gave up.

What can we learn from this?

The ant was not sitting on a sand couch waiting for something to happen. It was working, preparing.
The ant took on something larger than itself.
The ant was focused.
The ant was part of a greater team that worked together to achieve a purpose.

We ought to consider the ant in everything we do. Work hard, prepare, don’t go it alone. If we’ve stumbled into apathy and laziness, get up and start over. Don’t put too much (if any) stock in our titles or accomplishments. And remember to breathe, and breathe deeply, no matter what challenges come our way.  

"Hard  work  ought  to  be  the  normal  routine  of  us who  serve  a  carpenter-Christ, who follow the lead of a tent maker-apostle, and who call ourselves children of a Father who is still working (John 5:17)."  David Hubbard

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