To identify a life-long struggle in America today, the Sanneh Foundation is a non-profit organization that reaches out to urban youth who do not have financial stability at home. This organization works with kids who grow up in various circumstances that don't have a clear view of what their future will look like. Bushnell offers the comforting idea to these youth that God has already created a plan for their life and this plan can only be what is best because God is without fault. A youth that is uncertain about his or her future is going to be open to this idea because of the security that it offers for a successful life. This is comparable to how people with less material things are more acceptable to the salvation that God offers then the people who are tied to this world by the material objects and dreams that they want to have. This interpretation allows the reader to form connections with the purpose of a Christian and the concept of salvation as a gift from God.
My initial reaction to Horace Bushnell's concepts was to connect the balance that he uses to describe nature with the complexity that biologists find in every organism and cell. A series of perfect events, mutations, and adaptations have to happen every day just for the body to function properly. With this concept I related my life to that of a piece of a plan that is necessary for the ultimate outcome. Through discussion in class and re-reading some of the text I realized that although life may be planned out, have a set purpose, and is going to end the same no matter what I do, I still do not know what the outcome is. If Bushnell is right that every human has a single purpose that he or she will accomplish, the only way this affects my everyday life is to extract anxiety from it. I no longer have to worry about the outcome of tomorrow because I know that it has already been planned by a being who knows far more than I do about the future.