Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest” (vv. 6–8).
One of the things that fascinated me as a child growing up in Nigeria was watching ants filing up in the early morning going about their business without any leader or someone telling them what to do. Ants’ behaviors open my eyes to so many things and I asked my parents and teachers several questions about how ants communicate, who is their leader and how they survive in the dry season. Although I received many answers, God must have had a desire to teach me a few lessons. Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ants, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise”.
Some of the lessons I learned from ants:
- Determination: Ants do not easily give up and they find ways to overcome obstacles by using any available resources.
- Dependability and self-motivation- Ants get the job done and have concerns for others.
- Preservation- store food for future use and for others in the colony.
- All for one and one for all- cooperative and work together to move bigger obstacles such as big insects.
Proverbs 6:6 states “O Sluggard; consider your ways”. Are we Slugs- some people prefer the easy ways of doing things, easy money, easy lifestyle and taking advantage of others? Are we contributing positively to the life of people we serve or people around us; by providing them with the skills and knowledge to overcome obstacles? Can God count on us to do the right thing for fellow human beings? God has given us the power of love and a sound mind and He has called us to be good examples of ants. The Book of Eccl 9:10 also reminds us that “Whatever your hand find to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom”.
If, our founders (Maud and Ballington Booth) didn’t put good work in building VOA, we would not be here to celebrate 125 years of existence. What is my contribution to this legacy and what are yours? Are we working as Ant or as a Slug? Let us rise from our slumber and be productive by working together so that people coming behind us may have good memories of our contributions to VOA and to the human race.