Proverbs 6…effort

Proverbs 6:6-11, “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.”

There is not much more I can say about the verses noted above.  In life, there are no free lunches and even the ants realize this.  I found out a long time ago that the only thing standing in the way of me and the achievement of my dreams and goals was my willingness to put forth effort.  Nothing great in life happens without hard work.

If you aren’t where you would like to be in life maybe it is simply a matter of waking up and getting to work like our ant friends.


(Several years ago I was encouraged by a friend to make the Proverb that corresponds with the day of the month, a part of my morning devotion.  There are 31 Proverbs and although I’ve been reading them consistently for a number of years, each time I read them I seem to draw another “life nugget” that helps me better deal with life and live the way God wants me to live.  My morning Proverb time is simply a part of my personal improvement plan.  I know I am less than 24 hours away from messing things up if I don’t ask God to be the director of my day, first thing, each and every day.)

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