Dear Amish Wisdom readers,
Each Friday this summer, I’m sharing ten things I’ve learned from the Amish. Please feel free to chime in with your own insights!
Life isn’t trouble-free. The Amish believe the biblical explanation that “the rain falls on the just and the unjust.” When faced with difficulties, they quickly move on, adjusting to the circumstances. The barn raising might be the best metaphor to illustrate how the Amish handle adversity. When a barn burns down, they don’t dwell on why it burned, they gather together to rebuild. And then they praise God: for the lumber, the nails, the caring community that skillfully puts it together, the animals that will inhabit it, and for a chance to start again.
Amish proverb: “You can tell when you’re on the right track. It’s usually uphill.”
The Lesson: Peace is not simply the absence of difficulties. God’s peace can exist even in the middle of problems.
Thoughts? Do share!