Proverbs 6:6 ¶ Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.
Verse six reminded me this morning that one of the common characteristics of successful people is that they are self-motivated—they don’t wait for “it” to happen, they work hard to make “it” happen.
Like the ant, successful people do not need someone to standing over them to make sure that they work; successful people take pride in their work, they know what they need to do, and they work hard to reach their goals. The Apostle Paul was a very successful missionary. Take a look at his testimony below:
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Successful people see roadblocks as challenges to overcome, and setbacks are not failures; they are opportunities to learn and grow from. For successful people the word “excuse” is not a part of their vocabulary.
On the other hand, the sluggard(unsuccessful people) is not self-motivated, if they work at all it is only for a pay check and not for the pride of accomplishment, they always have an excuse for why they cannot move forward, and they are parked in their failures. To the sluggard, the word of God says, “Go to the ant, … Consider her ways … and be wise.”