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Another Lesson From Children: Have You Heard of “UBUNTU”?

My wife recently ran across this on Facebook and I thought the message was something we can all learn from.

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he gave them to signal to run they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat in a circle enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had chose to run as a group when they could have had more fruit individually, one child spoke up and said, “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?” “UBUNTU” in the Xhosa culture means, “I am because we are.”

I can’t help but wonder if I had been hanging out with a group of people and this game was proposed to us. I have a hard time not imagining us not running and climbing over one another as fast as we can to get the prize for ourselves. When I put this up against the attitude of the children in this story, it makes me both somewhat sad and embarrassed.

As I consider the actions of these children I can’t help but be reminded of a couple verses from the Bible.

It’s real easy to look out for our own interests and make sure we got what we want, the question is are we willing to be like the children from the article and look out for the interests of others as well. It is clear that God’s desire is we look out for others as well as ourselves. Once again the innocence of children has reminded me of an important biblical principle, may it make you stop and think as well.


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