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 I read this from somewhere..and it was so very depressing to me,so I decided to revise just a portion of it.   It sounded like a parent looking for an excuse to fail their children!   My revision is in parenthesis and in green:

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

(We are going to do our best as examples so that you will have a good life.)

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

 (We are going to make learning fun and worthwhile…so that you will excel.)

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

 (We are going to teach you God’s directions for youth, so that your values in spiritual matters can lead you right.)

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

(If I don’t train you in the way you should go, with freedom in Christ, It will be my fault for not doing my job, and I will give account.) Prov 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4

I can teach you right from wrong but I can’t always decide for you.

 (We are going to teach you God’s way and teach you to make your decisions with God as your Director).

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

(I’m going to love you so dearly that you will always treasure it.)

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

(I will ‘TRAIN’ you to share and God’s Word will make you unselfish.)

I can let you babysit but I can’t be responsible for your actions.

 (Are you kidding me???) Parents are the ones responsible for their children’s actions! )

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

 (If we live our lives according to God’s will, as your parents, only then if your values and morals echo ours, you will be ok, as we all follow Him.)

Revised by Edna Ingram…Note: Please do not use our family…and how our children turned out, to malign God’s Word. Proverbs 22:6 means just what it says even if our children turn out bad. God’s Word does not rely on us to prove how valid (or invalid) the Scripture is. If I didn’t believe that Proverbs 22:6 meant just what it says, then how could I believe Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16?

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2 thoughts on “TO MY CHILD, REVISED.

    Ruth Atnip said:
    March 31, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Dear Edna! That was excellent! Very enjoyable to read, and what a difference God in the lives of His children and in the lives of THEIR children! So good to have met you, and will look forward to our future posts and comments together on FB!

      familyties8 responded:
      March 31, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Thank you Ruth. I look forward to it also. I’m getting old and have seen 3 generations grow up, counting mine in with it. I’ve observed and learned so much. I always listened to advice…many today do not. A lady who had failed her children miserably (one was in jail for a long time and his children had been also) gave me advice (not the good kind) when my kids were small. I listened but chose not to follow it. Young parents today make the mistake of not listening to any. So tragic!

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