Be antlike 3
'Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.' Proverbs 10:4 NLT
A leaf-cutting ant might have to carry up to fifty times its own weight nearly 100 metres. That's the equivalent of a 90 kg man carrying five tons on his back for 27 kilometres! In one single summer, a large colony of ants can dig out 30 to 40 thousand pounds of earth to make a nest, and carry 5,000 pounds of material back into the nest for food. They make up to four round trips a day to sources of food that might be over 120 metres from the nest. (And we think we have it rough! ).
So what does this teach us? It shows that ants do their share of the work. It shows they have a great work ethic. And that's something we should also work towards developing.
The Bible says: 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters' (Colossians 3:23 NIV). One way we can help ourselves to develop a good work ethic is to keep in mind that, ultimately, we should be working towards fulfilling God's plan. If we're doing our best to remain close to him and follow his guidance, it doesn't matter what work we're assigned to do. If it's important enough for God to assign to us, then we should also see it as important.
So what now? What job are you least looking forward to doing today? As you're doing it, be antlike - be focussed on the end result and work hard - keeping in mind that you're really working for God.
Soulfood: Jer 49-50 Matt 6:19-34 Ps 122 Pro 15:10-14,