This is Charlotte Mason's Motto for Students, and tomorrow I am going to share it with the boys. Here is the rest:
I am . . . a child of God, a gift to my parents and my country. I'm a person of great value because God made me. (Eph 2:10)
I can . . . do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God has made me able to do everything required of me. (Phil 4:13)
I ought . . . to do my duty to obey God, to submit to my parents and everyone in authority over me, to be of service to others, and to keep myself healthy with proper food and rest so my body is ready to serve. (Mark 12:30-31)
I will . . . resolve to keep a watch over my thoughts and choose what's right even if it's not what I want. (Psalm 119:30-32)
Maybe we'll make a poster and put it on a wall somewhere so we can have it to ponder when we pass it... I just love the empowerment in those 8 words! Our circumstances or feelings do not have to control us - if somehow the younger soup ingredients can learn this earlier than their parents (who, by the way, are still learning...).