AS YOUR MOTHER

I CAN SHARE WITH YOU LIFE
BUT I CAN NOT LIVE IT FOR YOU.

I CAN TEACH YOU THINGS
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU LEARN.

I CAN GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS
BUT I CAN NOT ALWAYS BE THERE TO LEAD YOU.

I CAN TAKE YOU TO CHURCH
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU BELIEVE.

I CAN ALLOW YOU FREEDOM
BUT I CAN NOT ACCOUNT FOR YOU.

I CAN TEACH YOU RIGHT FROM WRONG
BUT I CAN NOT ALWAYSN DECIDE FOR YOU.

I CAN BUY YOU NICE THINGS
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU LOVELY.

I CAN OFFER YOU ADVICE
BUT I CAN NOT ACCEPT IT FOR YOU.

I CAN GIVE YOU LOVE
BUT I CAN NOT FORCE IT UPON YOU.

I CAN TEACH YOU TO BE A FRIEND
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU ONE.

I CAN TEACH YOU TO SHARE
BUT I CAN NOT YOU UNSELFISH

I CAN TEACH YOU TO RESPECT
BUT I CAN NOT FORCE YOU TO HONOR

I CAN ADVISE YOU ABOUT FRIENDS
BUT I CAN NOT CHOOSE THEM FOR YOU.

I CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT SEX BUT I CAN NOT KEEP YOU PURE.
I CAN TELL YOU THE FACTS OF LIFE
BUT I CAN NOT BUILD YOUR REPUTATION.

I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT DRINKING AND DRUGS
BUT I CAN NOT SAY NO FOR YOU.

I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT LOFTY GOALS
BUT I CAN NOT ACHIEVE THEM FOR YOU.

I CAN LET YOU WORK
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU RESPONSIBLE.

I CAN TEACH YOU TO OBEY
BUT I CAN NOT ANSWER FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

I CAN TEACH YOU KINDNESS
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU TO BE GRACIOUS.

I CAN WARN YOU ABOUT SINS
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOUR MORALS.

I CAN LOVE YOU AS MY CHILD
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE HIM YOUR SAVIOR.

I CAN SHOW YOU FAITH
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU TRUST IN GOD.

I CAN TEACH YOU PRAYER
BUT I CAN NOT MAKE YOU PRAY.

I CAN TEACH YOU HOE TO LIVE
BUT I CAN NOT GIVE YOU THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.

I CAN AND I WILL
LOVE YOU FORVER.


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