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From Parent to Child

I gave you life but I cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things but I cannot make you learn.

I can give you direction but I cannot push you there.

I can allow you freedom but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong but I cannot decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes but I cannot make you beautiful inside.

I can teach you to respect but I cannot force you to show honour.

I can offer you advice but I cannot take it for you.

I can give you love but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can advise you about your friends but I cannot choose them for you.

I can explain about the facts of life but I cannot build your reputation.

I can tell you about drugs but I cannot say No for you.

I can warn you about sin but I cannot make your morals.

I can help you set goals but I cannot achieve them for you.

I can teach you about kindness but I cannot force you to be gracious.

I can pray for you but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can tell you how to live but I cannot give you eternal life.

-- Author Unknown

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