Words to Live By, By My Kids

Every week, I assign my two high school juniors an essay or creative writing piece as one of their homeschool assignments. Last week, I asked Aidan and Shae to write their own “words to live by” in free verse form. They were to base their credos on the following words by Abraham Lincoln.

I Am Not Bound to Win

I am not bound to win,

But I am bound to be true.

I am not bound to succeed,

But I am bound to live up to what light I have.

I must stand with anybody that stands right;

Stand with him while he is right,

And part with him when he goes wrong.

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Aidan’s credo:

I am not conformed to this world,

But I am commanded to live in it.

I am not controlled by its people,

But I am commanded to let my light so shine upon men.

I must give while others are taking;

Stand while others are fleeing,

And love while others are hating.

Aidan has a gentle, tender heart, with a desire to please Christ and help others. Can you sense that tenderness through his words?

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Shae’s credo:

I stand with Jesus
Not with anyone
Who stands against him.
I don’t always stand close enough
To hold his hand.
But I stand with Jesus
And with anyone
Who stands beside him.

I walk with Jesus
Not with anyone
Who walks away from him.
I don’t always walk close enough
To keep my hand in his.
But I walk with Jesus
And with anyone
Who walks beside him.

I work for Jesus
Not for anyone
Who works against him.
I don’t always work for him
As hard as I should.
But I work for Jesus
And with anyone
Who works with me and Jesus.

Shae is disciplined in everything she does, and dedicated to a life of service and missions. Do you see her heart’s desires reflected in her words?

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Both pieces inspired me, and I trust they will encourage you as well.

Do you have a credo or life verse? I’d love to hear from you, and I know my kids would be interested to hear your comments as well. Thank you!

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12 thoughts on “Words to Live By, By My Kids”

  1. Both pieces were great works! For me, I like the following: what’s right is not always popular, and what’s popular is not always right. There is another longer piece that comes to mind, but I gotta find it. Back later! — Mike

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    1. Found what I was looking for, by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

      Sorry for the length, but this has been a favorite of mine for many years!

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  2. Meredith, that was beautiful! What a blessing to have children who love the Lord and who are committed to following him in his ways even if it means standing for what they believe when others may not. I pray their faith remains strong in the Lord and that they go on to serve him in powerful and loving ways that impact other people’s lives for faith in Jesus Christ. Sue

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