The lesson of the baby giraffe

“What won’t kill you will make you stronger”

Within a few seconds after birth, a baby giraffe struggles to its feet. Shortly afterward, however, the mother will knock it over from that first wobbly stance. This process is repeated each time the baby struggles to its feet until the young giraffe has the strength to stand in a firm and unwavering position. What seems like an unkind and cruel act is in fact of vital importance to the survival of the young animal. It is, in fact, an act of love by the mother for its child. For the baby giraffe, the world is a dangerous place and it must quickly learn how to respond to unexpected challenges and get back up on its feet. Now I don’t imagine that the baby giraffe welcomes being knocked around or particularly thanks Mom for the experience. I doubt that the little guy understands that there is an important lesson being learned. – Dan Miller

How many of us wake up every morning and thank God for our failures? I know that’s not the first thing on my list, but after much reflecting I’ve come to realize that it shouldn’t be the last thing on my list either. No one likes to struggle and no one likes to fall, but without the struggle how is it possible to get any stronger? If we never learn to battle how will we know to fight when the time comes for it? We must remember that every time we are struggling with something in our life if we keep on fighting and overcome with God’s help then at the end we will come out much stronger than before. Sometimes the struggle is as important as the victory, because without the struggle there would be no victory.

1 Corinthians 10:13- No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

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8 thoughts on “The lesson of the baby giraffe

  1. This story reminds me of the butterfly. It has to struggle to get out of its cocoon. If it never struggles, it will never become the beautiful, breath-taking butterfly it is meant to be.


  2. So much truth here! I love it! The illustration of the baby giraffe is great. If we don’t have trials and hardships we won’t learn to stand firm in the face of trials and hardships or temptations. We won’t learn to trust if we don’t have a real reason to trust. It’s the nature of the beast, mankind. Guess that’s why James said, “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2 Thanks for visiting my blog.


    • Amen! I love the baby giraffe example too. It’s been one that has been forever engraved in my mind since the moment I first heard it.

      Usually you are thankful for hardships after they are over but I have slowly been learning to be thankful during trials and tribulations because it’s those hard times that teach me the most about God and mold me to be more like Him. 🙂 I’m glad I had a chance to visit your blog! I look forward to reading more of your posts!


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