I was flipping through the channels when I saw down in the information bar “16 and pregnant.” As I laid down the remote, I heard the sound of an angry teen mom. She said that she couldn’t believe that Josh had thrown her out of the car. The camera quickly showed a young man, Josh, and their two new-born babies in the car driving away from the new mom. She stood on the side of the road with an incision from the c-section and called her mother. Once the father finally returned to the scene, he attempted to stop the mother from getting into the car, by picking her up. She screamed and hit him, reminding him that she had a “cut” and he was being too rough with her. In frustration, she called the cops. Finally, her mother and the cops arrived. She put her children in the car and they drove off. The father was arrested and spent a night in jail. The mother talked to her mother and expressed to her that their engagement was off and she didn’t want to have anything to do with him anymore.
This saddened me. Here was a young girl who didn’t know the first thing about being a mom that was now making a choice to raise two children by herself. I think she made this choice, not because she wanted to, but because she thought she had too.
I sat there on my couch and thought of the many mothers that are well past 16 and struggle to raise their children whether it be with a spouse or on their own. I thought of the times that I sat up with a headache and cried as prayed and asked for the strength that I needed to get through to the next day. I could not imagine being 16 and having to deal with all of this. My children are 2, 4, and 8. This young lady’s children were newborn twins. I pray that the Lord gives her the strength to be a good mother to those children. I pray that she makes good choices from here on out. I’m sure that it won’t be easy, because it isn’t easy for any of us, but I hope that she soon finds out that with dedication, focus, and help from God…anything is possible.
I’m not sure how the many of other viewers who normally watch this show take the different scenarios that are presented, but I hope that the young people learn from the experiences of others. One of the craziest things that anyone could ever do is choose to ignore the testimony and mistakes of others instead of learn from them. I could have been that young girl. You, reading this, probably could have been her too.
I thank God that I didn’t have to go through that and that my husband is in this relationship with me. I thank God that he chooses to parent with me. It is not easy…but this is our life.
To the reader: if you are reading this, I ask you to look at your own life and count your blessings. Cherish the moments that you have. Learn from the experiences of others. Last but not least…remember that all things are possible to those who believe.