Friday, April 19, 2013

Beating the Odds

I am a statistic. You know why? Because 3 in 10 American girls will get pregnant before they turn 20. I'm one of the three. And yes, that's a high number. And yes, I became a statistic because of irresponsibility. But that's not where I'm going with this tonight. Stay with me, friends. The ending is much better than the beginning.

After three in every 10 girls gets pregnant, the statistics just keep coming. And you know what's worse than the first statistic? The statistics that trail that one.

"Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than half of teen mothers never graduate from high school." That's our next statistic. In May of 2011 I walked across the stage with my sweet one month old watching me and got my high school diploma. Statistic number two - defeated.

"About a quarter of teen moms have a second child within 24 months of their first baby." But guess what. It's my son's second birthday today and he's got no siblings. (Don't worry, none are coming for a long time!) Statistic number three - defeated.

"Less than 2 percent of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30." I graduate August 2014 from nursing school with a college degree. You could easily say, "Well you may not finish." And to that I'd say, "Watch me. I've come way too far to give up now." Statistic number four - working on it.  

But I really didn't write all of that to brag on myself. No, I think I'll brag on Jesus a little bit. My life is busy. The whole "I have a lot of money to quit school and do what I want because MTV pays me to hang out with my child all day" life, that's not me. No. I work full time and I do school full time and I'm raising my son while financially supporting him on my own. But God is so good. In just two short years He has taught me to be a mom, while working and going to school. He has taught me to love my son with all I have. He has given me energy to do all things and to glorify Him. And if you really want to know something, I couldn't do this without God. He is my strength and my help. I would have never gotten into nursing school if it wasn't for Him. This isn't about me being so great that I can beat statistics on my own. This is about a God who loves me enough to change my life and defeat statistics. To prove that He is God, He is good, and He is stronger than all things. And my God who did all of this, He wants to do it in your life, too!

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