“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” -Proverbs 6:6-8
One common thread among all respected leaders is a strong work ethic. A lazy man is seldom respected and should not expect his words to fall on willing ears. Solomon understood this concept by taking us down to the small eusocial insect; the ant. The ant, although tiny and with little to defend itself, works very hard while producing massive colonies. This condescension is designed to let mankind know that they have no excuse for their laziness and will produce less than the ant if they continue in their slothfulness.
The path of laziness in postmodern times is very tempting with the continual allure of our ubiquitous digital gods and their host of apps waiting to entertain us in a disconnected virtual world. Although we can quickly present an array of “worthy” excuses for kneeling before these iDols we hold so close, we may consider that there is a world in shambles around us that could really use our help. Although our gadgets have many worthy advantages, they can also become the greatest thieves of time by taking us away from fellowship, good conversation, helping someone in need, praying for those around us, and our personal times of uninterrupted study. I write these words introspectively as one who far too often indulges in this time slayer. As leaders, “… let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1).
-Soli Deo Gloria