To some I seem Amish
Living in northern Indiana means we are close to many Amish communities. These people live plain and simple lives. They work hard and avoid the complications of our high tech world. Their clothing is conservative, their transportation is horse and buggy and their cooking is down home. To the outsider it seems they are from another century and their lives are stress free. But they have their own unique issues to deal with, just different from you and me.
Typically, those reading this blog are not a part of the Amish community. We live complex, hectic and driven lives, including work, travel, entertainment and recreation. Although we do not ride in buggies and wear bonnets, we do have varied and unique lifestyles.
To some, my life seems Amish. There are many with more money, more travel, more entertainment, more toys and more time to chill. Isn’t it interesting how we can categorize and rank ourselves in comparison to others.
Life experiences vary but life’s basic necessities are pretty much the same for all of us. We need water, food and shelter. We need relationships to have a fulfilled life. And, according to Scripture, we all need Jesus. After that, it is not about how much we pack into our lives, but how much we give and share God’s love.
As we have time to reflect this week, how do we define success in our lives?
Jesus wants us to live a life of contentment, not comparison. To compare is an error.
2 Corinthians 10:12
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.