Go to the ant, O sluggard. Observe her ways and be wise. Notice that, having no chief, officer or ruler, she prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provision in the harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
We live wisely if, seeing what needs to be done to secure a good future for our community, we then do it, without waiting to be told. No one came to the Chief Master Sergeant with an assignment to pursue that life’s work. No one said to the college student, “We’ll need more officers in ten years, so you’ll have to start preparing to be one.” Perception of need, coupled with a love for the community and an understanding of our giftedness prompted these decisions, and it should prompt similar decisions in other areas. When wisdom causes us to live this way, we can expect to be happier than if we foolishly ignored the preparations we should make to insure a good future for as many as we can. Jesus confirmed this when he declared, “Those who give will experience more joy than those who merely receive.” Certainly, we must count the cost of our ventures, for this too is wise. But this shouldn’t stop us from taking the initiative; it should only help us focus our efforts, so we achieve all that we set out to achieve.
Extravagant Creator, thank you for such a vivid example of the benefits of living wisely. Move me to apply the instructions of this lowly teacher to my life today. Amen.