The ant is a very small and weak animal yet the principles on which it runs its life makes it successful everywhere, even the harshest habitable part of the earth.
Let’s examine 7 powerful life principles from these exceedingly wise creatures:
1. Prudence: Ants are very thoughtful. They don’t live only for today; they think about the future. They discern the change of seasons and act appropriately. They carefully plan their work schedule to meet the demands of time. They understand that each season has a time span; and that summer isn’t forever. They foresee winter and plan before time. “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.” [Proverbs 22:3]
2. Preparation: “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer.” [Proverbs 30:25] Insightfully, the ant prepares for change of seasons. The ant doesn’t wait to see the first fall of snow to begin storage of provisions for winter. They begin ahead of time. They prepare themselves for it. Preparation is needed if you want to succeed in any venture. Get the right information ahead of time; prepare yourself for that opportunity, that chance to showcase what you’ve got. Whilst unemployed, get some training; develop yourself. Don’t wait till the opportunity you so desire springs up to ready yourself. Get prepared, start right away! And wait for the opportune moment.
3. Industry: Ants have a thirst for industry. Ants work hard at all times in the summer. You wouldn’t find an ant going on a pleasure tour when it is time to work. They are always purposeful. Damage an anthill, and you will see it replaced in no time. Ants are industrious. Success never comes on a silver platter; it requires hard-work.
4. Integrity: Ants have no ruler or overseer yet they work when it is time to work; they have a nature of integrity. True integrity is doing what you have to do or being true to yourself when no one is watching or when no one has rule over you. Ants need no accountability outside of themselves. They don’t need a king to command them to store supplies in summer. They know that’s the right thing to be done in summer, and they just do it faithfully.
5. Deal with manageable task size. Ants never attack monstrous project wholly; they break them into bits, into manageable sizes. They will tear a big cockroach into bits and transport the bits through that narrow entrance to their nest. They will carry one bit of sand at a time and before long, construct an anthill about a million times their size. That’s amazing!
6. Keep momentum: Ants never break from a project till it is completed. They carefully sustain the impetus gained once a project begins till it is completed. Ants will form a queue to their work site; carry whatever they have to carry in bits till every particle enters their nest or work is completed. They leave no room for procrastination or laziness. They keep momentum and get jobs done, and done on time.
7. Build a fortress: “The ants are a people not strong…” [Proverbs 30:25] Ants have weak bodies. A good understanding of their nature makes them employ wisdom to build fortresses, anthills. In the anthill lies their security. Build a fortress. Employ wisdom to shield your weakness from undue exploitation. Protect your assets!