From parent to child

by Anonymous

I gave you life but cannot live it for you

I can teach you things but I cannot make you learn

I can give you directions but I cannot be there to lead you

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 always decide for you

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

I can offer you advice but I cannot accept 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 teach you respect but I cannot force you to show honour

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

I can tell you the facts of life but I cannot build your reputation

I can tell you about drink but I cannot say NO for you

I can warn you about drugs but I cannot prevent you from using them

I can tell you about lofty goals but I cannot achieve them for you

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

I can warn you about sins but I cannot make your morals

I can love you as a child but I cannot place you in God's family

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

I can teach you about Jesus but I cannot make Jesus your Lord

I can tell you how to live but I cannot give you Eternal Life.