“Good young person, don’t forget everything people have taught you; take their words to heart.
They’ll help you live a long, long time,
a long life lived 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 others.
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 things that will drag you down. Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. You’ll have more than you need.
But don’t, dear one, resent God’s correction; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; his love for you is his motivation.
Guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. God will be right there with you; he’ll keep you safe and sound.”
–Adapted in part from The Message version of Proverb 3:1-12,21,26
Janet McHenry is an inspirational speaker, a former high school educator, and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling 50 Life Lessons for Grads (Order here: https://amzn.to/3fd2G8u). She recently did fundraising in her little town to raise thousands of dollars to provide packages filled with gifts for the Class of 2020. The mom of four high school and college grads, she lives in the Sierra Valley.
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