I am fascinated by the tenacity found in creation, this I must admit to my own annoyance at times. Every year towards the end of summer we have a substantial invasion of ants in our home. Like clock work every year they arrive in their different regiments, seeking any bit or morsel of food they can find. What is truly fascinating about these ants is that they keep on coming no matter what conventional ways of eradicating them might throw at them.
What did I learn from the ants? In addition to remembering to put last night’s food in the fridge, my own futile attempts at thwarting this invasion has taught me another more significant lesson, and this is that persistency pays off. Persistency is the key ingredient to any measure of success. One cannot expect to succeed in anything worth succeeding in life if one is not persistent, or consistently working toward a desired result. If you want to be a skilled pianist then you will have to devote yourself to hours of practice. The same applies to anything people want to achieve in this life.
Things aren’t all that different in the Christian walk. It really isn’t. For starters, Scripture actually refers to the ant’s diligence as an example that Christians should emulate. Solomon highlighted the ant’s example to us in Proverbs 6:6-11:
“Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.”
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