Have you ever driven through western Pennsylvania? If you have, you're familiar with the Amish community. The people there seem starkly different from the rest of us. They dress differently (dark colors, no buttons), travel differently (horses and buggies - no cars), and even live and eat differently (separate schools, homegrown crops). It's a much simpler life than we're accustomed to.
But many of those differences only touch the surface. To see the more significant ones, you need to see how they interact under pressure. Like what happened the day after a horrifying thunderstorm swept through the countryside one night. The winds were incredible, blowing trees over like straws and flinging everyday objects miles away. Even large buildings were demolished.
When people ventured outside the next morning, they were shocked to find that the largest barn in the entire Amish community, one that had stood for nearly a century, had been flattened.
But what happened next really shows the heart of the Amish community. People from all over the area converged on the site with lumber, tools, and food. Entire walls were framed and hoisted up by a line of men. And in less than one day, the barn was completely rebuilt - all because of the spirit of partnership that is at the core of the Amish community.
PARTNERSHIP IS AN ATTITUDE BEFORE IT BECOMES AN ACTION
Lead Pastor @Genesee Road Church of God.