“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise” (Proverbs 6:6 NLT).
There is much to be drawn from Proverbs 6. For example; the ant motivates itself; it provides for its own needs; it pushes itself; it doesn’t feel sorry for itself; they know the value of teamwork. The ant’s reward for its effort is that it will have enough to survive the tough times. They not only are hard workers but know the value of storing up. You could say that they build themselves a savings account that will provide them with security. This is being a good steward of their hard work. Ants are also team oriented. They instinctively know what teamwork can accomplish.
Some other translations use the word ‘sluggard’ instead of ‘lazybones.’ Both translations mean; lazy, loafer, entitlement. Sluggards in this context insist on others supporting them and to meet their needs; the person who feels entitled and that the world owes them. They are not looking for a hand up, but rather a hand out. Sluggards have a victim mentality. They believe that the world revolves around them.
Proverbs 6 shows us that the small ant is to be our model example of good work ethic. The sluggard is encouraged to go to the ant and consider its ways and pay attention to what they do. You could learn about the success of good work ethics and teamwork by watching the small ant.
The Roycraft Community
The Roycraft Community was established by Elbert Hubbard. The community was one of the most successful of the utopian crafts colonies during the Arts and Crafts Movement beginning in 1894. The Roycraft idea is one of mutual exchange; you help me and I’ll help you. They teach the value of being equally yoked. Let’s go the same way. Let’s go hand and hand together. I love that concept and God does too. God tells us not to be unequally yoked (Corinthians 6:14).
The following is a quote by the Roycroft Community
‘I do not believe in giving any man something for nothing. You give a man a dollar and the man will think less of you because he thinks less of himself: but if you give him a chance to earn a dollar, he will think more of himself and more of you. The only way to help people is to give them a chance to help themselves.’
If you had the riches to help a country that was in need of food and you continue to send food over to them, they will become dependent on you. In the long run you will be enabling them to not be self sufficient; they would loose self respect. The Roycroft Community teaches their students that it would be in the best interest to a starving country if you were to take a team of skilled people with tools and teach them how to grow their own food. This way they would not need to depend on others to live. You will not be enabling them. They would be proud people and maybe in time teach others who may be in need of the lessons that were taught to them.
If you want to give your children a gift teach them good work ethics. Parents, please teach your children good work ethics and they will thank you, and will hand it down to the next generation. This is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children and a great legacy to leave behind.
If you desire to be successful in life and feel good about yourself you must have a strong work ethic.
‘Dreams don’t work unless you do.’ Author Unknown