Monday, November 16, 2009

We All Need More Ubuntu

I recently bought a Dell Netbook, just like the one in the picture. It's smaller and lighter than a laptop and great for being able to carry with me and write blogs and do email wherever I am (and although as a bloke I shouldn't be interested in colour, I love the red case!)

The nerds (like me) amongst you might be interested to know that rather than using Microsoft Windows I've installed an alternative free operating system on it called Ubuntu. I'm not going to get into a debate about the relative merits of Windows and Ubuntu (especially when I have friends who work for Microsoft!), but instead wanted to tell you about something I read this week in a book called "The Monkey and the Fish" which was written by one of this years Willow Leadership Summit speakers, Dave Gibbons.

The book is all about the church being an alternative community, there's quite a bit of peach and coconut thinking in there, and is well worth a read. But the bit I wanted to share was a quote from Desmond Tutu:

"Ubuntu is a concept that we have in our Bantu languages at home. Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We cannot be fully human alone. We are made for interdependence, we are made for family. When you have ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate. If the world had more ubuntu, we would not have war. We would not have this huge gap between the rich and the poor. You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others. You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children. This is God's dream.”

I want to challenge you to spend five minutes meditating on these words. Is this really God's dream? How much ubuntu did Jesus demonstrate through his life? How is your ubuntu level? What would it mean for you today to bring a little more ubuntu into your day? How could you practically make that happen.

All written on my new Netbook :-)


1 comment:

Sandra said...

Love this entry Simon. I'm certainly made for interdependence and am grateful I have people around me who are made for the same thing....loving the twittering by the way.