“I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”
What a profound and humble statement from such a profound and humble young lady.
Malala is an eighteen year old girl from Pakistan fighting for girl’s rights to go to school. She gained a massive platform for her work when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for her beliefs and survived. She became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014 at the age of seventeen. She is the author of I Am Malala and has a movie based on the book called He Named Me Malala. I have not yet read the book, but the movie was beautiful.
Her father chose her name after hearing a story of a girl named Malalai who stopped the army of her country from retreating with her words, and got shot and killed for it. Strange how similar she is to her namesake.
Malala and I are not of the same religion, and I pray she would somehow come to know Jesus Christ. However, this does not mean I cannot look up to her. Her bravery and passion for education is amazing. After watching the movie, I resolved to look at school differently. About 60 million girls globally cannot go to school. That’s a huge number. That’s an astronomical number.
I am definitely not saying that I am going to wake up every morning at 6:15 with a smile on my face. I’m not a morning person, and I’m not going to force myself to be. I’m just saying that I am going to try to keep myself from complaining. I don’t have to love every part of everyday, but I want to appreciate it. There’s a difference.
Appreciating something involves understanding its value and not taking it for granted. Loving something is not only appreciating it, but also looking forward to it and taking joy in what it brings.
60 million girls.
60 million girls all from different backgrounds, different nations, different families, different situations, with one thing in common. Something no one should have in common with anybody else : a lack of education.
They are deprived of an opportunity. They are deprived of what should be a right for all children, male and female.
60. Million. Girls.
And that’s just an estimate.
I pray for these girls. For their salvation, for their safety. If they share a story at all similar to Malala’s; they are not safe. I take too much for granted.
I challenge you to think about this the next time you find yourself daydreaming in class or at work. Think about the 60 million girls who would switch places with you in half of a heartbeat. Pray for them, then go back to what you’re doing with a new perspective.
I challenge myself to do this most of all.
I’m tired of taking things for granted.