Bristol Palin told us some time ago that she wants the experiences she's had in her own life to make a difference in the lives of others. She has begun making that difference by promoting abstinence. The abstinence message needs to be delivered far and wide, and I applaud her for being a vessel to do just that.
After giving birth to her beautiful baby boy, Tripp, she discovered the challenges of being a teenage mom. Although her son fills her with incredible joy, she understands that her situation has been made easier because she has such a strong support base. Not everyone has a family to stand with them as the Palins have stood with Bristol. The love, stability, and encouragement she's received have made all the difference in the world. In spite of what her mother, Governor Palin, would call "less than ideal circumstances," Bristol is a good mother doing a good job. God bless her.
Her message to people now is to "pause before you play." In other words, wait. Is that hypocritical, as some people have asserted? I mean, how dare she, who did not wait, tell others to wait? Actually, what Bristol is saying is abstinence is the only 100% fool-proof method to avoid pregnancy, and she's embracing that in her own life. And is it ever hypocritical for one to learn from her experiences and then to share those lessons with others? No, it's called maturity, wisdom, and plain old common sense.
Bristol is taking her abstinence message a step further now. She has signed with Single Source Speakers and will be influencing even more people as she shares her personal story--about abstinence and a number of other topics.
New York Times reports:
Bristol Palin is hitting the speakers' circuit and will command between $15,000 and $30,000 for each appearance, Palin family attorney Thomas Van Flein said Monday.
Van Flein confirmed a report by celebrity news website RadarOnline that the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has signed with Single Source Speakers. He added her exact fees will depend on factors such as which group she's addressing and what she must to do prepare.
Bristol Palin, 19, is listed on the speaking group's website as available for conferences, fundraisers, special events and holidays, as well as women's, youth, abstinence and ''pro-life'' programs.
Her fee is denoted by four question marks, meaning ''Call to discuss!''
[Van Flein] said he believes she's interested in expanding her message beyond teen pregnancy to include her experiences on the campaign trail and in the media spotlight; her parenting approach; and her outlook on life.
Before I left for Alaska last summer, our youth pastor's wife said, "Tell Bristol Palin we'd love for her to come talk to our youth group." So...if you're reading this, Bristol, how 'bout it? A trip to New York?
Read the full NY Times article here. You can also read MotivationTruth articles about Bristol, her commitment to abstinence, and her son, Tripp. Read "Bristol and Tripp; Wisdom Beyond Years" and "Bristol Palin Embraces Abstinence; Oprah Suggests Retraction?"