“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai …
Malala Yousafzai was a young Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. As a result, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, yet she survived. Her story of standing up to fear and evil has changed the lives of millions throughout the world. She knows firsthand the power and responsibility we all possess to change the world for the better.
Part of Malala’s message is that we can make a difference; and making a difference does not mean we have to write a book or put our life on the line, it can come simply from making positive changes in our own lives that have a ripple effect on the world around us. Feeling compassion for those in pain and suffering, showing genuine concern for the needs of others, sharing joy, happiness, and cheer with those you meet–all of these things can have a profound positive effect in the world.
Malala additionally hints towards our responsibility as teachers to those who share this world with us. Especially as parents, we have a duty to teach and empower our children to be godly stewards of this Earth. That includes standing up for what they know to be right and good, accepting personal responsibility for their lives and their actions, always being true to themselves, and walking tall in confidence with an unshaken faith.
Fear is strong… but the power of heart is always stronger.
Empower a child by reinforcing their potential to make a positive impact in their life or community.
Questions to consider:
Think of some of the role models in your life that have inspired you. How have they lived the ideals of responsibility and duty?
Have you taught others of their power and potential to change the world? In what ways could you do so?
Are the majority of your decisions made out of love or fear?
For further thought:
“We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Humankind’s greatest gift–also its greatest curse–is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.” ~ Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross