Even though this young woman is on Sabattical presently, she still deserves her props in terms of what she does for the belief of Ubuntu. She radiates it for sure.
Lindsey first came to my attention because of her posts about homosexuality and the church. Now, that wasn’t JUST because I myself am gay, but because her posts are balanced in their approach and their points made. When Lindsey believes in something, she is like a laser in making her point very clear, and very specific. She understands all of the subtleties that exist when it comes to discussing any difficult issue, whether it is being gay, abortion, marriage…… she is an equal opportunity blogger.
Lindsey also has a deep faith, and that is rooted in a soulful love and appreciation for God. She sees God in the wash basin; in the trees and flowers; in the eyes of her children. She has such respect for God that she knows that God is in everything that she says, thinks, does and believes. She relies on that faith in God to help her through difficult times, and to keep present in the moments before her.
However, she is a doubter as well, of the way that things are. She doesn’t presume to know everything, and she has a LOT of questions about various aspects of life. And she asks them. She is willing to learn, to grow, to share, and to better understand. She is an avid learner, but a teacher as well. What she knows, or has experienced, she likes to share with others.
All of those aspects describe Ubuntu in all of its glory. For to emulate and carry Ubuntu as part of our true self, we have to be willing to learn from each other, to teach each other, to respect one another, and to try to gain understanding about others if we do not already have it. We also have to be willing to look within our own souls, our own selves, in order to offer ourselves to one another more fully and authentically.
And Lindsey is that; authentic. She doesn’t present herself as a mom who always has it together; who doesn’t have needs that go beyond parenting at home; that she is always a fully believing Christian without doubts. She struggles at times, with every aspect of her life, her self, her faith. But she describes those struggles and tells those stories. She shows us her humanness.
And that is as much about Ubuntu as anything could be.
It is a pleasure getting to know you, friend.