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12.23.2010

THE WAY OUT OF THE WAY OF THE MENNONITE - 12 STEPS OF DISCOVERY AND RECOVERY (part 2)

During last night's post we covered and discovered 7 of the 12 steps in The Way Of The Mennonite that create bondage and perpetuate its grip.  Lest you think I am only picking on Mennonites, please know that all of human kind struggles to break free from bondage which comes to different people in different forms.  Leaving off last night with step seven which is that love and affirmation in the Way of the Mennonite is behavior based. My dear friend, a former Mennonite, declared this phrase to me recently, "Don't drink the Mennonite Kool -Aid!"  Funny!  She also tells me I would have never made it in the Mennonite world - too big of a questing and questioning spirit.  We begin  where we left off.  8) We worship at the altar of all things carbohydrateish - noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, bread/rolls, stuffing along with a bevy of sweet breads, cinnamon rolls, pies, whoopie pies, cakes, cookies and other sugary comforting goodies complete the totally remastered food pyramid.  Life is easier to bear in bondage if you are filled with carbohydrates.  You are then too sluggish to run from our people group.  9)  Activity means success.  Doing over being always.  10)  Pleasing others is another form of service.  Deny self.  Saying no to what others ask of you is not an option.  Serve others, no matter what.  11)  We know what is best. Don't think too much.  Questioning always leads somewhere that is not good.  Don't rock the boat.  12)  Benefit Haystack Suppers (and the selling of quilts) are what we do for the those in need.  Nothing serves up charity and compassion better than cracker piles served on a paper plate:)   I close with these quotes, "I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind."   And as Henry David Thoreau said, "All good things are wild, and free."

1 comment:

  1. I have the quote "all good things are wild" on our mousepad.

    I love it.

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