Ray’s Amish farm is nothing big, nothing splashy. I noticed a big “for sale” sign hanging at the farm next to Ray’s. One day I asked if he was tempted, just a little, to buy it. After all, someday he might have a son of his own.
He shook his head. “Never even gave it a thought. Maybe I would, if I had a son or two. But for now, I’m just trying to take care o’ what I got.” He stood up and stretched, ready to head out to the barn to feed the animals. “I always say, my great-grandfather started this farm, my grandfather improved it. My father improved it more.” Ray gives a big toothy grin. “My job is not to mess it up.”
How are you doing on “taking care o’ what you got?” Ray’s example is a good reminder about the freedom of setting limits. The Amish believe that setting limits on almost everything is one of the foundations of wisdom.
Have you ever thought about setting limits on your lifestyle? If so, what kind of limits?