Day 10 :: Malala

31 ways

I was supposed to blog about a different speak love topic today, but when I returned home from speaking at Brentwood High School’s FCA this morning, a video clip came across my internet.

I had seen some friends talking about this Malala Yousafzai girl over the last few days, but to be honest, I just hadn’t had time to read up on her.

So I took a few minutes to watch her interview with Jon Stewart and tears came to my eyes.

She is my people- a teen girl using her words to change the world.

My favorite quote?

When Jon asks her what gave her the courage to speak out against the Taliban, she says, “At the time, I said ‘Why should I wait for someone else? Why should I be looking to the government or the army that they should help us? WHY DON’T I RAISE MY VOICE? WHY DON’T WE SPEAK UP FOR OUR RIGHTS…

Phew. That kind of courage can’t be taught. It is earned in the trenches.

Please watch this whole clip- at the end, she talks about what she would do if the Talib came to kill her. You absolutely won’t believe her answer.

(If you wanna watch the whole episode, here is the link.)

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To be honest, I don’t know. I’m so moved by the story- I’m going to share it. And I’m praying for this girl today- for her courage and her heart and that she would know Truth in the innermost places. Also, today, I’m grateful for my education, for the freedom that women currently have in this country- to learn, to speak up, to lead. And I’m asking God to teach the next generation of women how to use this freedom well to set others free.

What will you do in response to this video?


This is Day 10 of 31 Ways to Speak Love. You can click here to see a list of all the posts in the series.

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