Monday, September 3, 2012

Contentment On This Labor Day~Another Lesson From The Amish




My Jamesport Amish neighbors seem so peaceful and content living in their small community.   A lesson I learned ~It was our last stop of the day. I had already spent more money than I wanted but I wanted to get stocked for the winter~ Holiday baking and found so many good deals at the scratch and dent store to stock up our pantry. Of course I ate at the Gingeriches ~homemade yummy food~ with some of my favorite people. Talk about content~ I had the best time.  


 At the Amish Country Store I had finished my shopping and wrote my check.  I then remembered I forgot to pay for a watermelon~ they were outside and I wanted to pick one up as I went out the door. I had used all my cash and did not want to write a check for $2.99. As I am saying to myself~ "Oh, I forgot to pay for a watermelon~ the cutest little Amish boy I have ever seen at the register said, "Oh that's okay~ you just take one." To which I assured him I could not do. But he then said, "No really, it would make me happy if you just took one." He was serious~ and the way he said it I just had to take one. You could tell the last thing on his mind was making a dollar. He wanted to be giving and had such a generous spirit. I thought to myself~ his parents must have passed that on to him for he did not ask to give it away~ he just did so freely. His Momma and Dad have done a fine job raising him.  That little guy blessed my socks off. 


 I have never met a more contented people than the Amish. I leave convicted to live a more simple life and determine to not get caught up in this old world every time I leave there.  After all~ God saved me out of this world! 

I am thankful I can  have confidence in my God's economy!


There is talk everywhere about our economy and the mess our country finds itself in this very day. Sometimes I just think if we all could go back to basics and live a more simple ~plain life~ being content we could all make a dent in this huge debt crisis we are in. The economy is struggling and the cost of living seems to be going up every week I go to the Grocery Store. Many have lost jobs and some are increasingly anxious about their livelihood.  Is it possible to even heed our Lord Jesus' teachings in Matthew 6:25?



Matthew 6:25

King James Version (KJV)

 25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?





Our Lord was not giving us permission not to work~ oh no! He was not saying we are not to eat~ in fact we all know that we are mostly all on a every four hour feeding schedule to keep us happy.

 He is not saying that we should go out not caring how we dress in any old rags. He is warning us that these things should not consume us~ becoming so important that we become slaves to them instead of trusting him. 

Seeking the kingdom of God first~and His righteousness is recognizing that no matter how much effort we expend to make a better live for ourselves and our families ~ultimately it is the Lord who takes care of our needs. 

Money only serves us well if we receive it as God's provision.

Matthew 6:24

King James Version (KJV)

 24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


I hope you have a contented Labor Day! God is good and we can trust Him!



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