Nelson Mandela’s courage and steadfast commitment to his ideal is a rock of inspiration for me. No matter how terrifying the opposition, how hopeless success appeared, and how many enemies turned against him, he never gave up hope. He was willing to give his life for his convictions, and he did give his all for the benefit of millions to follow.
While doing some lecture work in South Africa over a decade ago, I visited a house he lived in during his early years. It was an unassuming small brick rectangular abode with a 6” concrete wall running through the middle parallel to the street in front of the house. The guide explained that the wall was to hide behind when the police drove by and shot bullets through the windows to kill Nelson and his family.
Nelson lived under constant attack. But he did not give up. He was hated, reviled, persecuted, imprisoned for 27 years in the prime of his life, but he did not consent to failure. He triumphed.
His ideal was correct, supported by divine law, and destined for fulfillment.
Success appeared about impossible during the fight for freedom, even hopeless…until it finally happened.
We can learn from his example.
Don’t give up. If the idea is right, it’s destined to win.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
~ Nelson Mandela