Life in our culture moves fast. We have fast cars, fast food, and fast computers.
Life in our culture is busy. We have busy husbands, busy children and busy friends.
Life in our culture is full. We have full bellies, full closets and full calendars.
But sometimes, even with life so very full –we feel…
And we wonder what it would be like to have a life that was not so fast paced, not so busy and not so full.
I started reading some “minimalist” bloggers in 2013. These were new bloggers to me and I read and read and read. They fascinated me and I am convinced that my “stuff” is bogging me down in life. Which is where the Amish come to mind.
A place my kids and I like to visit monthly is Books-A-Million. My kids do reading charts. Based on how many minutes they read, they can earn money towards new books. So every month – off to the bookstore we go. First we go to the kids section, then we always take a stroll through the Christian section and *BAM* –there’s this HUGE section of Amish Fiction novels!
What is our fascination with the Amish?
Maybe it’s their pace of life. It appears they have a more simple life.
But I am quite sure that just because they go without electricity and cook everything from scratch that their life is not necessarily “more simple”. Washing clothes without a washing machine or raising chickens for eggs –is NOT simple. Sewing their own clothes and homemaking their bread…nope, those are not more simple either. Taking care of the horses and buggy, that take them to the store in the middle of these frigid Ohio temperatures, -nope that’s not easier either.
So what is it about the Amish that so captivates us?
Maybe it’s that they can live pleasant lives without their iPhones and Facebook…or television…or that they fear God and have strong family values. Maybe it’s that they have managed to escaped the pressure of having their kids in every activity under the sun or the need for college.
I personally think the draw to Amish fiction is to escape.
We just wish we could escape and stop the crazy train that is filling our calendars full while emptying us of all our joy. The Amish appear to have found something we seek after – they have found joy in God, their families and their home.
We can’t escape and all become minimalists or Amish. And good news! We don’t have to – praise the Lord. Lol! BUT we can change our space.
I’ve been pondering this verse from Ecclesiastes a lot lately:
“Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.”
It seems our world tells us we need to have two handfuls in order to find true happiness. But I’ve been letting stuff go, and saying “no”, and cutting back and throwing away and guess what is on the other side of one handful = tranquility!
God’s word is true. We need only to read it and obey it and let it transform our lives.
**Chime In: Tell me – do you read Amish Fiction or enjoy going to Amish towns ? I took the photo above 20 minutes from my home and we had our wedding reception at an Amish Restaurant. What is it that fascinates you about the Amish?
Walk with the King,
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