Often when we think about the Amish, we think about how they separate themselves from the world. The truth is the Amish also make time to connect. They attend church and activities together. They are also neighbors. They know how to have fun and share their lives.

Here are a few things that the Amish do together. They enjoy:

  • Playing baseball
  • Shopping
  • Quilting bees
  • Baking
  • Off-Sunday visiting
  • Visiting and coffee at homes of friends
  • Work days at the homes of family members
  • Cooking food for weddings together
  • Traveling to the beach or the mountains
  • Sister days
  • Brother days
  • Camping
  • Work picnics
  • Christmas gatherings
  • Weddings
  • Christmas dinners
  • Playing volleyball
  • Fishing

Here are ways you can make time for friends:

  1. Put it on the schedule. Last week John and I met friends for dinner. It took two weeks to find a date, but we did it . . . and we had a great time!
  2. Create a regular event. For years we had a weekly small group that met at our house. Unless there was ten feet of snow or a baby being born, we met. Even though we now live a few thousand miles from those friends, we still remain close because of the time we had together and the memories we share.
  3. Join a group. When I moved to my new town, one of the first things I did was join a Bible Study. I made friends and was able to fill the void left from my move. (And I also enjoyed learning more about God!)
  4. Plan a vacation or a mission trip. Want to go on a trip? Find a few friends to join you. Not only will you enjoy the event, you’ll also enjoy the planning.
  5. Have an open heart. When I pray and ask God who I need to be a friend to today, He always puts someone on my mind. The best way to make a friend is to be a friend.

How about you? What do you do to connect?

—Tricia Goyer

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