Imitating the ways and lifestyle of the ant is the lifestyle that is wise and is approved by the Master [Proverbs 6:6].
Rather than imitating the sluggard, the sage sees a valuable characteristic of the ant which is future-orientation and family-orientedness.
Ants do not consume all of their present goods but save time and work to have surplus in preparation for seasons of scarcity.
Ants are small insects but glorify God small ways. They should continually serve as an inspiration for humans.