I just found it, a must read!!!
April 4, 2007 8:36am CST
When I got mad today and hit my child "For his own good, " I reconciled, and then I realized my plight... Today, I taught my child to fight. When interrupted by the phone, I said, "tell them I'm not home." And then I thought, and had to sigh... Today I taught my child to lie. I told the tax man what I made, forgetting cash that was paid, And than I blushed at this sad feat... Today I taught my child to cheat. I smugly copied a cassette, To keep me from one more debt, But now the bells of shame must peal... Today I taught my child to steal. Today I cursed another race, Oh God, protect what I debase, for now, I fear it is too late... Today I taught my child to hate. By my example, children learn That I must lead in life's sojourn In such a way they are led By what is done and not what is said. Today I gave my child his due By praise for him instead of rue. And now I have begun to guide; Today I gave my child pride. I now have reconciled and paid to IRS all that I have made. And now I know that this dear youth, Today has learned from me the truth. The alms I give are not for show, And yet, this child must surely know That charity is worth the price: Today he saw my sacrifice. I clasp within a warm embrace My neighbor of another race. The great commandment from up above. Today I taught my child to love. Someday my child must face alone This fearsome undertone, But I have blazed a sure pathway: Today I taught my child to pray.
2 people like this
• United States
4 Apr 07
I'm speachless - this says it all, going to print this off and frame it for my children (2 are parents already and 3rd is married so could be anytime)...I wish I had this before I became a parent but now I think of it, it's never too late so will print one for myself also.
• United States
5 Apr 07
That was so beautifull, i copied it to my notbook it was that good, i hope you dont mind. Thats touches on such a truth, its how we live that affects our children. Praise and reverance for the Lord shouldnt just be at a sunday sermon. it should be our lifestyle. Our children mimic what we do, if we are devoted to our saviour they will know what that love is through us. Parents who fight, swear, are full of hatred, scandal, adulteres, wonder why there kids grow up so twisted, its not the child falt entirely, the parents share that responsibility to set the bar and lead the way. Sadly "public" school is working ever harder to undermine everything we do to set an example for our children. "those who kneel before the Lord, can stand up to anything"