Her name is Makayla and she has been attending our GED class for months now. My staff and I are so frustrated with her! Her attendance has been erratic and her focus, when she's here, is even worse. She is mom to two little girls and lives with the baby daddy. Last week I made the decision to use "tough love" with her. It was past time for me to challenge her and see if she really wanted to succeed with her education or if she was just putting in time to keep her cash benefits. We are always full of grace with our girls but it does reach a point where I need to be tough to try to get them motivated.
When she walked into my office she was wearing sunglasses, not a good sign. I shut the door and gently asked her to remove them. Hesitantly she did and what I saw was a swollen, black eye and tears rolling down her cheeks. She told me he beat her and had done so before, but this time she made a police report, and told me she was done with him. I pray she is, for her sake and her daughters'.
It was a reminder to me that the teen parents to whom we minister are not always what they seem on the outside. Their lives are chaotic, stressful, and sometimes dangerous. God has called and equipped us to show His love and compassion to them so they too can find the One who will care for them and their children
Colossians 3:12 - Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.