Reflections of a Mother

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

I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure. 
I can tell you the facts of life, but I can't build your reputation.

I can tell you about drink, but I can't say "no" for you. 
I can warn you about drugs but I can't prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can't achieve them for you. 
I can teach you about kindness, but I can't force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make you moral 
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 
I can love you with unconditional love all of my life.....and I will !!!

Always , Mom