It’s Your Move, 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 directions
But I cannot always 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 can’t always decide for you.
 
I can buy you beautiful clothes
But I cannot make you lovely 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 be a friend
But I cannot make you one.
 
I can teach you to share
But I cannot make you unselfish.
 
I can teach you respect
But I can’t force you to show honor.
 
I can grieve about your report card
But I cannot doubt your teachers.
 
I can advise you about friends
But I cannot choose them for you.
 
I can teach 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 let you baby sit
But I can’t be responsible for your actions.
 
I can teach you kindness
But I can’t force you to be gracious.
 
I can tell you how to live
But I cannot give you Eternal Life.