That South African Word
While participating in a ceremony this week, someone used the South African term “ubuntu.” It’s a popular term. It’s the name of a cola as well as software. People like to use it because of its meaning. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is from South Africa, said that the heart of ubuntu’s meaning is this: “a person is a person through other persons.” We are who we are and will be who we will be because of the people in our lives.
Christianity has a similar idea in the phrase “the body of Christ.” Encapsulated in this phrase is the idea that we all have gifts given to us by God, but--and here’s the catch--they will never be fully realized unless they are joined together. Samuel Lloyd said it this way, “We need each other. I can’t be me without you. This is the heart of what Christians mean by being the body of Christ, the church.”
As you think about the people in your lives, remember this that you can’t fully be you with them. Today, take a minute to thank God for how they help you be you.