I was on Facebook yesterday and I came across a video of TD Jakes giving an analogy of a giraffe and a turtle. Now, this piqued my interest and I jotted down, “giraffe mindset” for a thought today. So, as I opened up google to research a giraffe, I’m beginning to think that maybe we (Saints of God) ought to get a giraffe mindset. See, giraffes are usually walk in groups. But get this, when in a group they travel less than a kilometer apart and they are all traveling in the same direction. What does that mean for us? Well, you should be traveling with folk who are headed in the same direction as you, on the same level with you and those who have a kingdom mindset, like you. You can keep on hanging out with the folk who don’t and you may just end up being somebody’s prey. You need to have somebody, in the same frame of mind as you, close by just in case something pops off and you need somebody to lean on, talk too, pray for you or with you or simply just to be there. Oh and I’ve found that when you are walking with these types of folk, they won’t tell your business.
Then, being like a giraffe keeps you from standing among trees (those Saints who are planted in their mess and not willing to move) because then you can’t see the enemy approaching. And you have thick skin so that if you happen to run through a thorn bush (those Saints who like to stick it to you), you won’t get punctured. A giraffe’s legs are made to withstand their weight (which means you won’t buckle under the pressure) and a giraffe has two movements, walking or galloping; no time to stand around. A giraffe has a large heart (25lbs) which mean you’ll have enough space to love your enemies. Lastly, having a giraffe mindset keeps you from lowering your head to hear the whispers and talk of the naysayers. See, when a giraffe lowers its head, the blood rushes there and if they don’t raise it fast enough, they could pass out. What does this mean for Saints? Stop hanging your head to deal with pettiness. Stop trying to see what those who aren’t on your level are seeing; your view isn’t the same. If I’m on the top floor, I can look out and see the tops of buildings but if I’m on the bottom floor, I’ll only see what’s down there. This is why, when you are built to be tall, you’ll pass out trying to lower yourself down to folk who weren’t built for it. Stop doing it! Let them rise to meet you. Get a giraffe mindset and stand tall.
Matthew 7:16, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”