Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest
Proverbs 6:6-11 (NKJV)
A while ago, I watched a documentary about ants and was completely blown away. Not too long after, I came across a book, “7 Business Lessons to Learn from Ants” by Phil Ikponmwosa. Then a couple of weeks ago, my pastor’s wife, Pastor Mildred Okonkwo (David’s Christian Centre) did a sermon series on…wait for it… ANTS! So, I figured I’d compile all the lessons I garnered about the brown- or yellow, depending on the specie- insect and share them with you.
So what’s so special about ants, you ask?
Ants are really, really small creatures who are seemingly unintelligent (Operative word: seemingly); but according to National Geographic and the Bible (Pro. 6:6-11), there’s more to the ant than meets the eyes.
Ants are wise, strategic and hardworking. Unlike a lot of humans, they don’t need Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Fela Durotoye, *insert name of any other popular motivational speaker* or some shrink to inspire and motivate them to do exploits. They motivate themselves. They have an internal drive to make the most of their rather short life expectancy: 45-60 days.
Because of its impossibly tiny size, the ant is very easy prey for both man, other animals (ant eaters, anyone?) and insects. But, you’ll never catch them sitting around, moaning about the hand nature dealt them. They don’t have pity parties about their shortcomings and limitations. No, they find ways around them.
They know they’re particularly vulnerable in winter (one snowflake is enough to crush many ants) so they gather and store up food in the summer. Due to their short life expectancy, they often don’t even live to see winter but that doesn’t deter them living their lives to the fullest.
Do you want to know an amazing fact about ants?
They’re able to carry objects up to 50 times their own body weight which, when you consider their size, is pretty impressive. That’s like a human being able to lift an SUV without steroids or any other performance-enhancing drug. Comfortably.
Lastly, ants know that no man, or insect, is an island and no one ever achieved any great feat in isolation. When an ant falls upon food that’s too heavy to move, it enlists the help of other ants. They understand that teamwork is indispensable to doing mighty exploits. The anthills built by ant colonies are a testament to this fact.
Are you tripped, yet?