You may have witnessed yourself how the Amish place a great deal of emphasis on living an Amish life different from the world around them. They dress different, act different, talk different and take pride in keeping to themselves separate from the world. They keep society at arm’s length and seek to separate themselves from anything they feel would threaten their faith. While they know they have to live in the world they strive to not live of it. Meaning they don’t let the influence of the world control or dictate how they should live. Anything that would threaten the purity of their church or community is rejected as too worldly.Amish life is separate from the world.
As a non-Amish Christian, you may think there is no way you could live and model yourself after the Amish life. I am here to show you that even in our very modern world we too can separate ourselves from the world just enough to keep us grounded to a simpler way of life.
Living a simple life can be challenging at times and it may go against everything you have been taught to value in life. Living separately from society in order to remain true to your desires does not come without a few sacrifices, but it does get easier as you go.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself that will help you start working toward living a simpler life separate from the world:
If you’re struggling to find the balance between peaceful living and modern life take the time to evaluate your surroundings. Close your eyes and imagine what you want your life to look like. If it’s peace you’re after then rid yourself of the distractions that are keeping you from obtaining it. If your family unit is struggling, stand back and start eliminating the extra activities that are keeping you from being a family unit. Taking pride in being able to take care of your families needs, with your own two hands, in a big step in learning to separate yourself from the outside world.
Limit your daily electronic time to five or ten minutes, hand wash your dishes, iron your own clothes, take pride in how your house looks, talk to your kids instead of putting on a movie for them, learn to cook, plant a garden, hang your clothes out to dry or even walk and visit with a neighbor face-to-face. You will be surprised at how just a few of these little things will help you connect with a simpler way of life.
Please remember that every day is a clean slate, one that you can mold and shape into anything your heart desire one day at a time.
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