A few weeks ago, Soren and I had an extensive conversation in our one-on-one about why it is that I value service. This week in our intern group meeting, Jen brought us back to this question. We’re involved in leadership, service and ministry, she pointed out, and we all have lots of ideas and thoughts about what degree of education we’ like to pursue, and what we might end up doing with those credentials. But what, Jen asked, connects out motivation for service and our academic and career paths?
As one could probably imagine, this is a question that requires much introspection and self-examination and whatnot, but for this week I’d like to put forward the answer that’s on my mind right now.
I’m fascinated by international relations, and I love history. It very rarely makes sense, though hindsight is always 20/20, or something like that. I really enjoy studying the personalities and policies and events that have come to shape the world we live in. Next semester, in fact, I’m taking four whole IR classes. This should be interesting. Anyway, I can’t imagine working in anything but a global scale. I know there are problems in my own back yard, but I’m entranced by those that play out on the world stage, and I want to be a part of them.
But I’m also a Christian. One who grew up in the Religious Society of Friends, no less. So in my understanding, war is wrong. Always. And anyone who has ever taken a history class knows those things happen like they’re going out of style. But when you ask yourself that old “WWJD” question, I really think that the answer is not “go to war.” I think that Jesus is a compassionate, caring, and just person, who would pursue a diplomatic and humanitarian route to fixing problems. And, as I discussed weeks ago with Soren, as a Christian, I believe fully in the imitation of Christ–that it’s my role to strive to be like him. Whether that’s serving HIV+ homeless people in Boston or trying to pursue diplomatic paths that can help increase understanding between the peoples of the world, I think that it’s my job in life to try to live more like Christ, in whatever context I find myself.
I’m sure there will be much more thinking about this to come, but these are my ruminations for now.