Re-discovering Walt Whitman
I got home last night, and for some reason, was in the mood for Walt Whitman. so I broke out my dog-eared copy of Leaves of Grass, and began from the upper-left-hand corner. Some things I found again…
…from “To a Historian”
Chanter of Personality, outlining what is yet to be,
I project the history of the future.
We willing learners of all, teachers of all, and lovers of all.
That last one reminds me of Paul’s powerful words in 1 Corinthians 9…
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized – whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ – but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!