Thomas C. Boushall, vestryman and senior warden of St. Paul's, Richmond wrote an essay for Edward R. Murrow's radio program This I Believe.
An early battle with a serious illness changed his outlook on life. The Morris Plan Bank, which Boushall organized in July 1922 offered consumer credit and automobile loans to "the man on the street".
This I believe. There is a God to whom I can turn, as a child does toward a father, and offer myself to be of use and service as best the capacities with which He has endowed me will permit. If I seek to find the way He would have things go, and not try to make Him serve my ends, I can succeed in my endeavor. Whatever years yet are permitted to me, I believe I should offer to serve purposes other than my own.
The degree by which I fail to live up to those beliefs is not the point. The major factor is that I believe in trying. The major result has been great happiness and satisfaction.
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