“Go to the ant … 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.” Proverbs 6:6
I heard of a Christian man who took this verse to heart and bought himself an ant farm! He went out for the day and when he returned home he was amazed at how much they had accomplished.
Ants are small “yet they are extremely wise” (Proverbs 30:25). They understand if you do small amounts regularly you will end up accomplishing a lot. Furthermore, they don’t need a commander, overseer or ruler to tell them what to do or to encourage them when they lack motivation. The coming winter acts as motivation enough.
Unlike ants, we seem to be dissatisfied to take on the small jobs or unwilling to make the small changes. We want significant tasks that produce quick results. We become impatient unless we can see something measurable happening. Whether we are thinking of physical activities, emotional maturity, spiritual growth, small steps can make a big difference. Ten minutes a day is 60 hours a year. In ten minutes we could exercise, pull out a few weeds, make a phone call to encourage someone, pray, read, these things done regularly can make a positive difference. As we make small incremental changes in our lives they can add up to a significant difference over time.
We often think that we can’t achieve a great deal. That either our efforts are so small or the task too great but if we “go to the ant and consider its ways” we will become wise as we follow its example.