Proverbs 5:1-7:27Proverbs 6:6-8, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
At first glance, we may not seem to have much in common. But, believe it or not, humans and ants share a very important quality — we’re both wired for work! But, let’s face it, we all feel a little lazy at times, and if we aren't careful, we can easily slip and slide on the slime of sluggishness and forget that work is, in fact, a gift from God! So, get out your number 2 pencil and notebook because it’s time to enroll at ANT-U, where in today’s reading, God illustrates this core lesson with the hard-working, self-starting ant. Let’s look at two lessons we can learn from this inspiring insect:Ants take initiative. They don’t wait on others to motivate them. They don’t set the snooze button or wait for wake-up calls. They get the job done without prompting!Ants are prepared. They work smarter, not harder. They keep their eyes forward and their heads in the game. We, too, should first do what we have to do, so we are then free to do what we want to do later.Students, apply what you’ve learned, and you’ll be well on your way to working the way God wired you to work. Then, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with a satisfied heart and a smile on your face!
God, Thank You for wiring me to work and showing me that it is truly a gift. Please continue to nudge me when I get lazy and procrastinate. Guide my priorities and help me to take initiative. In Jesus' name, Amen.