Do the Amish draw you in? Do you find the Amish lifestyle so fascinating? How do they live without cars and electricity?! The Amish draw me in. I’m hooked on learning about their different ways of life. Not just why they choose to live the way they do but how they do all to make it work.
What is is about the Amish that draws us in? Their rules? Their religion? Their hardworking nature? Their homemade goodies or sewing? I think it goes deeper than that.
Their simple life.
That’s what draws me into their way of life. Simplicity. When we live in such a hurried society with beeps bombarding us from notifications on every one of our multiple devices, we’ve forgotten how to slow down. We’ve forgotten how to enjoy the little things. We have wood sayings and free printable artwork with the saying “enjoy the little things” but we are too busy to listen to the advice. It’s sad that we even need such reminders, I’m not sure that that’s what God ever intended for us.
It’s sad that we even need such reminders, I’m not sure that that’s what God ever intended for us.
When we are too busy, we neglect what God deemed most important in life-our walk with Him, our relationship with our family, enjoying God’s creation. But the Amish have rejected to take part in the modern life and by doing so they’ve held onto what’s truly important this side of heaven.
The Amish live consecrated to the Lord.
While I believe misguided in their beliefs, they do want their lives to show that they are living pleasing God and not men. And they’ve done an awfully good job at it. They are set apart. You notice them because of it. They start their day in the Word and make prayer and family worship a daily habit.
They start their day in the Word and make prayer and family worship a daily habit.
They are definitely more disciplined than most any other religion. I love that they gather together for each their meals and not only start their meal with prayer but they end it with prayer as well. All too often we just say a quick prayer over our food and dig in. I think we can learn from the Amish’s example with being more sincere in our faith-even during our meals.
The Amish community is a close-knit society.
The average wedding is between 300-500 people because everyone attends. That amazes me.
The women meet regularly to sew and can together. There is always a helping hand, someone who lends a willing hand with joy and not grudgingly.
Most families pass down their land and houses from generation to generation and they work the land together. They take care of their elders, there’s no putting mom in the nursing home. The grandparents live in a smaller house that is attached to the main house, called a dawdi haus. They take care of each other, they rally around the sick or wounded and they provide for their own. They build a barn together in one day.
Sadly, most American’s don’t get along with members of their family. We live spread out all over the States and dread getting together for the yearly family reunion. I wonder if this way of life is the cause of why so many Americans struggle with loneliness and depression. It may play a part for sure.
If only we could learn to live more engaged in our community. Our family and church friends could go home to heaven any day, let’s cherish them. Let’s make each day count. Be a helping hand. Donate your time or money to help those in need. Life a life poured out for others.
The Amish have a strong love for creation.
They see the everyday beauty in creation. They work their land and live off their hard work all year round. They diligently plant and tend to their gardens. They cook from scratch, preserve and can the fruits of their harvest.
They take the time to enjoy what God has given them. They see the handiwork of creation.
So many of us live in the fast paced city, where car horns and fumes from trucks are inhaled more than the fresh air of the country. Skyscrapers and city street lights keep us from ever looking up to see the wonder of the night sky in all it’s glory. We forget how big God is when we forget to see how small we are in His creation.
We can learn a lot from the Amish. The simple life doesn’t just have to be appealing. We can turn off the notifications and silence the alarms. We can get away from the hustle and bustle of life and take the time to slow down and savor life, relationships, and nature. We can learn to cook things from scratch, plant a garden and depend less on modern conveniences. Instead of just being fascinated with the Amish way of life, let’s start learning from them.
Your turn! Which way of the Amish life fascinates you the most? I’d love to hear! Let’s chat in the comments below!
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