Giraffes in Scotland? Did I read that right? So it would seem – well one at least. I was reading the Huffington Post this morning (an free online newspaper: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk) when I stumbled across an article about a giraffe wandering the streets of Scotland doing good deeds. This caught my attention, what was it all about? My attention was even further grabbed when I discovered that the giraffe was not the only wild philanthropic beast, but a gorilla had also been sighted in Edinburgh doing something similar. I had to know what was going on!
Ok, so the headline was a little misleading. The giraffe wasn’t a real one, but a man in a costume, one Armstrong Baillie, but why? He’s an unemployed gentleman claims his spirits were lifted by someone playing drums dressed up as a gorilla, and that this inspired him to use the time he has at the moment doing something similar, albeit as a giraffe. Apparently it suits his personality more, his head is ‘in the clouds’. Once he has donned his costume, he sets off to perform acts of kindness such as handing out free coffee, picking up litter (must be tricky you would have thought to bend all the way down to do so) and raising funds through busking on the kazoo or African drums, using the proceeds to buy toys to go towards children at the local hospital.
This costumed hero as gathered quite a cult following and even has his own blog on which he shares and solicits ideas for future good deeds.
Isn’t this inspiring? Whilst some probably take the micky and others question his motives, I can’t help but admire someone who uses his time and efforts to bring happiness and help to others. As a Christian leader I also find him a challenge; I might spend a lot of time encouraging others to love their neighbours as Jesus told us to, but how much time do I actually do it? And when I do, is it done out of duty, or is it done as a real celebration of the God who loves us and the people he has put us amongst.
There’s a verse in the Bible that talks about us being ‘fools for Christ’ (1 Cor. 4:10: ‘Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools…’ New Living Translation). Can’t help but think the wild creatures of Scotland are a great example, regardless of whether or not they share our faith.
(Read the original article here: http://huff.to/QGhK1R)
Church Newsletter Article for Sunday 18th November