consider the ant carrying leaves

This summer, our church is in the middle of a series on the book of Proverbs with the “foolproof” goal of gaining wisdom. And the message from a couple weeks ago to “consider the ant” is still niggling at the back of my brain.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8 NIV)

“Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer…” (Proverbs 30:24-25 NIV)

Consider the ant and be wise.

And what do ants do? They do the little things consistently. Back and forth. Back and forth. Scout for food, march out, carry back a grain of something, and repeat. Over. And over. And over.

Day after day. Week after week. Year after year.

As the speaker said, “the only difference between (yawn) and ‘wow!’ is time and consistency.”

One example he gave was a Easter-attendee who dropped a $100 bill in the offering plate. Impressive. Wow. Meanwhile, in the children’s department, two siblings each gave $1. Just like every week. Yawn.

And yet…do the math at 52 weeks a year and those kids gave more.

What little things can I do consistently to be like the ant? Saving a little bit each month? Giving a little to a ministry that prints Bibles in other languages? Drinking a glass of water before my morning coffee? Walking around the block after dinner or taking the stairs at work? Writing down three things I’m grateful for? Reading one chapter a day from the gospels? Doing a set of pushups before bed? Writing at least 100 words a day?

Consider the difference in a year’s time? An emergency fund, a global gospel impact, healthier, stronger, wiser, happier, and at least half a full-length book written. 

And what if I did that year after year? What would my family, marriage, neighborhood, and community look like?

Just something to think about.

HOWEVER, while I’m on the subject of little things over time, I’m dipping my toes into a new way to write a story. A serial story. As in a story that trickles out one “episode” at a time.

Amazon just quietly launched a new platform called Vella where iPhone users or online browsers can read stories that have never been published in book format before. Overall, it’s similar to other mobile app serial story platforms like Radish or Kiss or Dreame and I expect Amazon to be prepared to compete by branching out to more devices including an Android app.

Inside Vella, the first three episodes of any story are free and then you use tokens to unlock more. (In their initial release, I think they’re offering 200 free tokens to new users.) Readers can then “Like” episodes, “Follow” a story for updates, and even use a weekly “Fave” to help crown their favorite story of the week. Additional tokens can be won in contests or purchased in bundles, with the author receiving half the proceeds.

So, if that sounds intriguing at all, you can find the first 10 episodes of Serving Up Love on the Vella platform with three more episodes being added weekly. (And I’d love a like, follow, fave, and review if you think it deserves it!)

The Dawsons Diner family has been in the back of my mind since I first started writing and I’m excited to see how the Diner Diaries series fares on this new platform.

(Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of serial fiction or reading on your phone. Once the entire book is complete on Vella, I’ll then be able to release it as an ebook/paperback for the rest of my readers.)

In the meantime, consider the ant and what small habits you can cultivate that will pay off in the long-term.

Consider the Ant…and a Serial Story
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