This young mother worked hard to graduate high school early while caring for her newborn son.
“I picked my son because he’s helped me be a better person,” Tiller told Yahoo! Shine. “By having him, I grew up quickly but I learned how to be responsible.”
You’d never know it by looking in the school yearbook though. The administration said students could bring something that represents who they are. Apparently a graduating senior’s newborn does not count.
On April 12, two days before the yearbooks went to press, Tiller received a call from the school’s yearbook adviser. “She said I had to take a different photo because the one I took promoted teen pregnancy,” said Tiller. “They called on my son’s birthday so I said I wasn’t available and besides, I choose Leelin because he represented what I’ve achieved in life. I said if Leelin can’t be in the photo, then I won’t be either. The adviser said, ‘That’s your choice. Then you won’t be in the yearbook’ and hung up on me.”
Her photo promoted teen pregnancy? Sure it did. I bet there were a bunch of kids who would have seen it and thought, “If only I had a baby, then I could have held it in my arms for my yearbook photo!”
Being Held in the Arms of Everlasting Love
One of the amazing things about our relationship with God is that he is with us wherever we go, whether it’s a photo shoot or a trip to the mall* or work or play. Wherever we are, there he is with us. The Spirit of Christ is with us forever and always.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17.)
No authority can ever separate us from our God:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 38-39.)
So the next time someone tries to get you to give up what is most precious, your relationship with God, remember that they don’t have the authority to tell you what to do.
*If you want to know how much fun going to the mall can be, watch this short video**.
**10,000 interwebz to everyone who can identify the source of that awesome music video.