The Amish are all about living for God, putting the needs of the community about themselves, and living a life of humility. The Amish communities you see today have been living with the same beliefs for thousands of years.
“The Amish were among the early Germanic settlers in William Penn’s woods, or Pennsylvania. They originated in the Anabaptist movement (1525-1536), which gave rise to several Christian communities that survive to this day, among them the Mennonites of the Netherlands, the Hutterites of Austria, and the Swiss Brethren. The Amish, an orthodox branch of the Swiss group, in 1693 took their name from Elder Jacob Ammann. He led a reform movement (1693-1697) among scattered Mennonites 168 years after the initial founding of the Anabaptist-Mennonite movement. Ammann represented older traditions and separation from the world to a greater extent than other Anabaptist-Mennonites groups.”***
What about you? Do you know what you believe? What you stand for?
I recently wrote a parenting book, Lead Your Family Like Jesus, with co-authors Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, and in it we discuss a family mission statement:
To help you avoid pride and fear, you must answer two critical questions:
• Whose am I?
• Who am I?
The first question deals with choosing the primary authority and audience for your life. In other words, who are you trying to please? Leaders often demonstrate whose they are by how they define success. Many people think it has to do with earthly power and position, as well as the opinions of others.
You can state it any way you like, but Scripture teaches us that ultimately we’re created to please God. There’s no pride in that. In the family leadership arena, you first have to choose whether or not you will please God.
The second question—“Who am I?”—deals with your life purpose. Why did the Lord put you on earth? What does He want to do through you?
Scripture teaches that true success is the fulfillment of the life-mission God planned for you. It’s that amazing. You have no need for pride or fear when success depends on your relationship with Christ and the level of control you let Him have. Are you willing to surrender all to Him and live as He would have you live—as a servant, rather than serving yourself?
How about you? Can you answer those two questions:
Whose am I?
Who am I?
Take some time today to answer those questions and seek God on the answers. He has a good plan for your life and for generations who will follow you.
***John A. Hostetler, Amish Roots: A Treasury of History, Wisdom, and Lore