Just when I wanted to be lazy and not doing anything with myself, or my day. I think about the ant.
Here’s a few interesting facts regarding the ant:
- Ants are the longest living insect, up to 30 years
- In order for ants to carry food for themselves and others, they have two stomachs
- Some ants do not have eyes
- Ants move approx 50 tons of soil in a square smile per year
- Ants are one of the strongest creature in relation to it’s size
- Ants cant hear, they hear through their feet, feeling vibrations
- Ants can lift 20 times their weight
- There are 1 million ants for every human in the world
- Ants farm other creatures
Statistics from antark.com & pestworldforkids.org & rentokil.com
When I take a look at the scripture and upon doing my own research, I can see how incredibly strong and hard working (some) ants are. Ants having no guide, overseer, or ruler gather in the summer. They for the most part never quit, and make the necessary provisions to make sure that they are able to sustain themselves during the winter.
By way of contrast, ants are compared to the sluggard- one who is habitually inactive or lazy (dictionary.com).
As a result of being lazy, lack and being in the position of always wanting will follow him/her. Contrary to the ant who is always working and preparing for not only his/her now but the future. Scripture says that this type of work ethic is wise.
I found this incredibly motivating and encouraging.
Am I not more than an ant? Can I not achieve more?
This coincides with 2 Thessalonians 3:10 – If a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat (paraphrasing)
A lot of times we wonder why we don’t have _______ or don’t have _____.
Now I ask… How hard are we working to get there?