Malala Yousafzai became a global figure by surviving a shot to the head. Yet, she made a difference for a far more ordinary reason than crazy luck. Malala was successful because she simply did what was right persistently over time. Reading her book I understand that this persistence came in part from her father.
Malala’s father succeeded through persistence
When Malala’s father was young he had nothing but a dream. He dreamed of starting a school in Pakistan when many do not have the privilege of an education. Through persistence and luck he got his own education. Then borrowing as much money as he could he started a small school.
This school faced a lot of obstacles. The local muslim leaders resented the fact he had girls in his classes. His school suffered through an earthquake and a flood. Once in Malala’s life the whole town of Mingora (where the school was located) turned into a battle ground. Everyone left the city and the army fought door-to-door pushing the Taliban fighters out. Yet after all these things, Malala’s father still came back and ran the school. Now he has several schools with more then a thousand students.
Malala wasn’t born to a wealthy family nor was she exceptionally gifted. She simply persistently saw the right thing to do and did it. She was a good speaker, so she used her gift as a speaker to share speeches about the importance of education. Malala loved learning and she kept going to school even when the Taliban pressured her and other girls not to.
In short, I think Malala and her father succeeded because they simply persisted no matter what the opposition. Even if Malala didn’t become a living martyr she and her father would have made a big difference for a lot of people. People saw they lived what they believed and that makes a big difference. Their enemies saw they wouldn’t be stopped no matter what and that made all the difference.
The sad thing about Malala’s story is that she remains far away from Christ. She has succeeded in some things yet she remains lost. As much as I admire her story I must be faithful to pray for her.
What will I accomplish as I persistently pursue what God leads me to?
What kind of legacy can I leave as a faithful husband, father and pastor?
How will God use me as I simply discern what I need to do and faithfully do it?
What is God calling you to be faithful in pursuing?