Become Amish?January 1, 2008
Recently, I read a story about an Amish newspaper that received hundreds of letters asking how to become Amish. The article explained that most people wanted a change of pace or were feeling stressed by their hectic lifestyle. The answer, they thought, was to become Amish.
The newspaper conjectured that most likely, they wouldn't last a day in the Amish lifestyle. One cold winter day in a buggy would send them hurrying to get home, happy to turn on their car's heater.
One Amish writer responded to the article in a very thought provoking way:
Become Amish? "If you admire our faith, strengthen yours. If you admire our sense of commitment, deepen yours. If you admire our community spirit, build your own. If you admire the simple life, cut back. If you admire deep character and enduring values, live them.
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"Joe, I did want to say how much we and our church enjoyed your visit and presentation with us. Many people commented on your presentation and how much it opened their eyes. It is my prayer and that of others also that we will be able to bring you on for support but of course that is not up to me. "