June 23, 2005 -- "Dad this was a poem that was read during Father's Day Services at the Base Chapel. (Fort Knox, KY) It says everything that you tried to teach me as a child but I did not want to believe... I do now!"  
 

It’s Your Move Son

 

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

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

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

I can allow you freedom, but 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 fashionable clothes, but I cannot make you handsome 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 cannot 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 cannot build your reputation.

I can tell you about drinking, 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 cannot achieve them for you.

I can teach you kindness, but I can’t force you to be gracious.

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

I can love you as a son, 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 HIM your Savior.

I can teach you to OBEY, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord.

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

 

Thanks for listening,

“Dad and Mother”