Friday, October 25, 2013

Ubuntu Maybe .....

Well I wonder what happened to my opportunity to write more!!!  The saying of once you retire you are truly busier than before is completely true!

But I am taking a moment right now.

I received an email from Nephew Three in the middle of the night.  I saw it this morning.  I thought it was one of those virus emails that get sent when someone hacks into your email account.  So I did not open it --- at first.

That response somewhat reminds me of our world today.  We are such a skeptical people - and yes most of the time rightfully so.  But what do we miss because we are skeptical?

A friend's Facebook post reminds us...

His post says.... What a great gift! Another day has awakened. Give a stranger the gift of kindness today! It only cost you a little effort and it might be the highlight of their day! 

What do we miss because we are afraid to open?

an email about some African culture word - ubuntu - which when googled appears to be an operating system, but also one can find:

Ubuntu is a Nguni word which has no direct translation into English, but is used to describe a particular African worldview in which people can only find fulfillment through interacting with other people. Thus is represents a spirit of kinship across both race and creed which united mankind to a common purpose.

I have no idea if "ubuntu" is real or something someone created for a great story but I do know that I recognize the idea.

John 13:34-35 
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Several months ago a friend recommended the book The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns.  There are 26 chapters in the book - I have only read two.  I already know that it will be one of my favorite books.

In Chapter 2 he states "Are you willing to be open to God's will for your life?"  And an excerpt from Chapter 1:

I suppose that this blog is just an entry to leave us thinking - an entry to remind us what this life we live is really about.  Many times - many, many.... I get caught up in the day to day and forget to remember that if we are not planting the seeds in the lives of others by our actions & our words that we are not a part of Jesus' mission statement.

Perhaps I should notice what I am missing when I am afraid to open?

Keeping His word... that opens doors, opens lives, opens eternity.

Always, May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.