Have you ever wondered how to get more out of life? Here is an idea. Learn from the ants. I know what you are thinking. Ants. Ants are just insects, what can an insignificant insect teach me about life? A lot.
Proverbs 6:6-9 6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, 8 Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
First, ants are well organized. I had an ant farm one time. They actually capture aphids and keep them to milk like cattle. Ants have garbage areas in their mounds. They have cemeteries where they carry the dead ants. Its really amazing to see. We could learn from that. Get organized. Have a plan. Start trying to figure out where things go and then put them away.
Second, ants are industrious. Prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest. They don’t lay around all day like a giant ground sloth waiting for someone else to take care of them. They work. They store and they prepare for the future. Be industrious. Put in a full days work every day. You’ll feel better for it.
Fourth they are sacrificial. I was playing football in my back yard with my third son. I got this burning sensation and looked down and my leg was on fire. I think I actually said, “That ants biting the fire out of me.” Duh. Guess where it got its name? Then I thought. Doesn’t she know I am going to squish her like a bug! Doesn’t matter. I’m on her home. Ants will die by the thousands trying to get me off of their turf. Hate them if you must, but you also have to admire their sacrifice.
Finally, ants are tenacious. I wiped most of the ants away and headed to the garage to get the diesel. I dumped diesel all over that mound and the ants died by the thousands. I truly hate ants. I know, my grass was dying too, but I didn’t care this was war. Then I came back the next day and the mound was destroyed. Little ant corpses were everywhere. As I stood admiring my work I felt this unusual burning sensation on my foot. I looked down and a fresh wave of the villains were swarming over my leg like pint size piranhas. I hadn’t killed the mound. I had only moved it. Nothing will stop them.
Organized, industrious, sacrificial, tenacious. Apply those four characteristics of the ant to your life and you won’t wonder how to get more out of it.