Read: Proverbs 30:25
Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer
I don’t like ants! I had a running battle with them when we lived in California. Sugar Ants! I went MacGyver on them, trying everything imaginable to get rid of those pesky little creatures. A good friend swore that Grants Ant Stakes would do the trick. (FYI: ant stakes are really popsicle sticks for ants.) Apparently our home was built in THEIR neighborhood—and I had to spend a fair amount of money bringing in the Department of Homeland Security to force them to the house next door!
But you’ve got to give those little critters credit. They are motivated…persistent…and not all that intimidated by enormous tasks, impossible barriers and gargantuan enemies. They do what they have to do to live. And the Bible says we would be wise to consider their ways. (Proverbs 6:8)
What is it that the Bible wants us to take away from the ant? Just what I said: They are motivated, persistent, and unintimidated when it comes to the things needed for a healthy, happy and purposeful life. Seriously, we would do well to be a little ant-like with some of the things in our lives that keep us from satisfaction, success and significance.
Is there an area of your life you’re putting off dealing with? Are you procrastinating having that tough conversation, going to the doctor, talking to your pastor, becoming accountable to a friend, taking those first uncomfortable steps toward growth and change, putting off until tomorrow what needs to be done today? If that’s you, Gloria Pitzer wrote this little poem with you in mind:
Procrastination is my sin…It brings me nothing but sorrow.
I know that I should stop it…In fact, I will…tomorrow.
Proverbs say look to the ant and refuse to be a “someday” person. Richard Evans said, “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” Life is waiting for you today. Grab it by the throat, and while you’re at it, grab the garbage in your life that needs to be taken out to the trash, and get after it! Do it today! Refuse to be a someday person.
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God
who works in you both to will and to do his good purpose.”
Your Assignment, Should You Choose To Accept It:
What is it that you have been putting off? Make a commitment to deal with it today. Kill procrastination by taking initiative. Ask God for his strength and help, and then, just get busy.