Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise – Proverbs 6:6
Ants are one of the most successful and resilient animal groups on earth. They help recycle over ninety percent of all dead insects. Research shows that ants have successfully colonized almost every landmass on earth, and their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organization, ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. This success rate of theirs is why wise King Solomon wants us to ‘go to school’ to study Myrmecology – the study of ants – in order for us to learn wisdom tips for life’s success from them, and replicate such in our lives.
Today, we begin with our first ‘lecture’, ANTS 101: Vision.
Every success begins with a vision (a dream or a desire). A vision is the power to see ahead or to see a preferred future. It is what you have seen about yourself or your environment that keeps you alive and hopeful, that wakes you up every morning. A vision will keep you focused on the main things, so that you are not beating about the bush. It tells you your goal post in life. Therefore, the first thing to consider about ants is their ‘Vision’ (Dream or Desire).
Believe it or not, from our text, we can see that ants have a vision of self-sustenance, of a future in prosperity, and of their young supplied. They have a compelling vision of growth and of a future of rest (in the winter of their existence) – where food is no longer a problem. Theirs is a vision to be on top of their game, to be the most successful of insects, the dominating and unstoppable ones. Consequently, ants pursue their vision with all discretion and diligence – little wonder they have outstanding results.
Thus, one secret to successful living lies in your vision and in the pursuit of it. Your progress in life is a function of your sight. It is what you can see that life attracts to you. You must first ‘see’ it before you can see it. So, what is your vision for your future/life? What picture of a preferred tomorrow do you have for yourself? What picture of your future have you seen in the scriptures? But secondly, how passionate are you about fulfilling that vision? What practical steps are you taking every day to achieve the future you envision or desire?
Write the vision down, put it where you can easily often see it, let it consume your imagination until you vividly see it, pray about it and put actionable steps in place to achieve it. When you identify where you want to go in life, then everything around you will begin to cooperate with you to take you there. May God fulfill every vision that He has birth in your heart, even as you diligently pursue them, in Jesus name!
Ask for every day understanding in fulfilling your vision; also ask for passion that will enable you run tirelessly with the vision/desires in your heart.