For You From The Word
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)
For You To Think About
Margaret was 15 when she had her daughter, Marquita. People expected her to become a statistic – a single, black mom who does not finish her education.
Today she is Dr. Margaret Betts, age 65.
Despite being a mother in high school, Margaret was able to graduate on time with the help of her parents and a babysitter. She wanted to become a doctor, so she went on to Wayne State University. Just three years later, Margaret was accepted to the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center.
While Margaret was in medical school, Marquita lived with her grandmother and traveled 60 miles to Ohio every weekend to be with her mom.
Today, Margaret has been practicing medicine for 25 years and is the medical director of Betts Medical Group LLC in Oak Park, Michigan.
“We deny ourselves our dreams because people talk us out of them,” says Margaret. “(We let them) talk us out of our real purpose for being on this earth.”
Betts says it’s not hard being where she is – but it is hard work.
Her words to young moms and pregnant girls: “Give your kids the first ten years of their lives. Don’t focus on anything but them and your education.”
For You To Pray
Thank You for casting vision to motivate us. Allow pregnant teens to grasp a vision for their lives, hang on to that dream, and pursue it.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.