The book of Proverbs is full of deep wisdom delivered in a clear and practical way. The passage below was written by Solomon to his children, who were apparently suffering with a very common ailment – laziness.
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.
But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. – Proverbs 6:6-11
Solomon is desperately trying to emphasize the importance and necessity of taking advantage of the present moment. How do the ants survive the winter, he asks? Not by sitting back and discussing the various methods of food collection or by waiting in the shade until it’s a bit cooler. They survive by working. There’s no other option. They have no one telling them what to do or when to do it, they simply know that in order to live, they need to work.
The same is true in our own lives. Every moment we lack motivation we become a moment farther away from reaching our full potential. If we are lazy today, we miss out. But if we work hard today, we gain momentum in our lives and set ourselves up for a great future. What kind of work do you need to do today to make sure you don’t starve this winter?