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.
"Ever since you were here in Ypsilanti, we have been enjoying your letters and we do pray for your group and you as well at leased once a week. We select 2 or 3 missionary prayer cards every morning for our devotions and pray for each one. Thank you again for your devotion to your ministry. It's obvious to us that God has given you a tremendous burden and the STRENGTH to endure."