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.
"Thank you for coming to our mission's conference. We believe this was our best mission's conference in several years. What a blessing it was to hear of your ministry! Our prayer is that our missions giving will increase and we will be able to take part in your ministry financially, but until then, be assured that you are in our prayers."