Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
Have you ever faced a big project that just seemed overwhelming? I recently completed bucket list item for my life by writing a book. How did I do it? One chapter at a time. Even better, the author John Grisham breaks it down to one page at a time.
At the last Winter Olympics, I watched a commercial that brought out this point. It was about one of our champion mogul skiers. It started with him on the winner’s platform, receiving a medal. Then in flashback style, it showed little video moments of his life as he won events and trained, all the way back to when he was a little boy. Here was the summary – “Behind every big moment are a lot of small moments.” Little moments, added up, lead to medals.
Ants complete a big task by moving one grain at a time. One-at-a-time things have a way of adding up. Small, little things eventually add up to big things:
- Lose weight one pound at a time.
- Save money one dollar at a time.
- Get a college degree one class at a time.
- Make a quilt one stitch at a time.
Success comes from consistency. It is doing the “little things”, every day. For example:
- If you want to keep your teeth, floss and brush daily.
- If you want a strong marriage, kiss your spouse and tell them you love them at least 4 times a day – when you get up, when you leave for the day, when you get home from work, and when you go to bed.
- If you want to get close to God and live a spiritual, contented life, read your Bible every day, pray every day, and go to church on Sundays.
- If you want to be a great pianist, practice daily.
If you want it all, today, you will never have any, ever. But you can literally have it all by not wanting it all. There are no shortcuts. Consider the ant. The ant has food and a home because it consistently does the little things. Little things add up to big things. Little moments add up to a big moment. Consider the ant….