Lesson From The Ant

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
    Learn from their ways and become wise!
Though they have no prince
    or governor or ruler to make them work,
they labor hard all summer,
    gathering food for the winter.
But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
    When will you wake up?
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
    scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. (Proverbs 6:6-11)

The smallest human is very massive when compared to the biggest ant. However God found something interesting in ants that He called on humans to pay attention to and learn from.

An ant brain has about 250 000 brain cells. A human brain has 10,000 million brain cells. A colony of 40,000 ants has collectively the same size brain as a human.

Ants work very hard and they are very well organised. They understand what division of labour is and they execute this excellently in achieving their goal. There are many lessons we can learn from the ants but for the purpose of this post, i will stick with their ability to work hard.

Many a times we find ourselves giving excuses as to why we are unable to do what we are meant to do. We have an excuse for everything. There is a reason why we can’t start that job, business and execute that idea. There is a reason why we can’t go to church or work. There is a reason why we can’t have quiet time…. and the list goes on.

These tiny creatures however understand their times and season very well and they make plans for each season. As tiny as they are, they work very hard. They plan and think ahead of time. They don’t lay there giving excuses as to how small and fragile they are when compared with other creatures. They make the best out of what God has given them.

Maybe someone needs to drop those excuses and start doing what is needed to be done. There will never be a perfect time to do anything. Stop procrastinating and work now. Instead of looking and waiting for the perfect job, start with the one you have now. Life is like a ladder. You climb up from the bottom. Everyone at the top started from somewhere. You can’t aspire to get to the top if you are not willing to start from the bottom. God doesn’t allow for that because the climbing process allows for growth. The stamina required to maintain the top position is acquired during the climbing process.

Learn from the ant. Work when it’s time to work. If you are young, work now. Stop wasting time doing things that will add no value to your life. Instead of spending hours keeping up with people who do not know if you exist, spend that time in mastering your craft. Go to school. Learn a trade. Do something. Otherwise you will look around you when you are 80 and realise that you have lived a wasted life and you have spent all your years in poverty. GET UP AND WORK!


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