Good friend, don't forget all I've taught you;
take to heart my commands.
They'll help you live a long, long,time,
a life full and well.
Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty.
Tie them around your neck, carve their initials on your heart.
Earn a reputation for living well
in God's eyes and the eyes of the people.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart,
don't try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he's the one who will keep you on track.
Don't assume that you know it all.
Run to God. Run from evil!
Your body will grow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
(from Proverbs, chapter 3, The Message//Remix,
The Bible in Contemporary Language by
Eugene H. Peterson)