Book: Proverbs 6
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer gathering food for the winter.”
Wise people do not rely on others to motivate them to work. Even if they did not have a boss or supervisor they would still do what’s needed to be done and they would do their best. That being said, wise people also know how to work with others to accomplish great ventures. Ants may not have a boss but they do know when to work as a team. There are times, working as a team player means working on their part by themselves, pillaging the landscape for food and building supplies. Still other times they are working together to move objects that are much too big for just one of them. Several ants will be lifting or moving the object in unison.
Imagine an ant that decided one day that it was above working like the other ants. It decided that all the other ants should gather the food, build and protect the hill while it lounged around and ate the food. How long would that ant be allowed to be part of the ant community? I think the other ants would strategically remove it from the hill. Such lazy ants would be detrimental to the survival of the colony during the coming winter.
Or consider another ant that wasn’t self motivated and always waited until it was told what to do. Then it had to be supervised to make sure it followed through and didn’t go and hide under a fallen leaf until sunset. Once again the colony would not put up with such behaviour. Winter is coming and each ant has to be working at its peak potential for the benefit of all, not just itself.
Are there things you know that you should be doing but are waiting for someone else to do them or tell you to do them. Wisdom would say that you need to be self-motivated and get the work done.
There are many lessons we can learn from all that God created in creation. When it comes to work the ants have much to teach us.