“I went to [Boston] because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and. . . to know it by experience.”
My interpretation and personalization of Henry David Thoreau’s famous quote from “Walden.”
He went to the woods, to get away from society and people, to understand life in its truest and rawest meaning. I am doing the opposite. I’m leaving the small, rural town of Americus, GA, where I went to college and traveling to Boston, MA, for a year of service in the Presbyterian Young Adult program. (I am not sure if he would approve of the city part, but I think he could get behind the mission work to fight the hunger and poverty of our fellow humans.) But our purposes are similar (not that I’m comparing myself to Thoreau in any way!) Our purpose is to find purpose. To find meaning and truth; to struggle and search to find something even more beautiful and sublime.
The world deliberate is definitely deliberate. I am choosing to travel to a new place with new people for new experiences, to live in intentional Christian community, and to do my best to become the hands and feet of Christ, to use my journey through this life to do good, help others, serve God, and leave the world a little bit better than I found it.
In other words, my purpose is to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”