Son, talk is cheap, and speaking too many words makes you a fool. For the more words you speak, the less they mean. If you claim to be a religious person but can’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself. So let your words be few, and keep your ears open.
Those who love money never have enough, and how meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! Everyone will die, and be in the same condition as when they were born; naked and empty-handed. Remember, that when you die you can’t take anything with you.
Son, it is good for you to eat, drink, enjoy your work, and to accept your lot in life. When you enjoy your work and accept your lot in life, you will know this is a gift from Me. Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless.
When the troubles of life come your way, consider it an opportunity. Be sure that your faith is in Me alone, for a person with divided loyalty is unpredictable. These people should not expect to receive anything from Me, for their loyalty is divided between Me and the world. These people are unstable in everything they do.
Son, I will bless you when you patiently endure testing, and temptation, and I will give you the crown of life. Remember, I will never tempt you to do wrong; your temptation comes from your own desires. These desires give birth to sinful actions, and when these actions are allowed to grow, it gives birth to a dead relationship between you and I. So don’t be misled, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Don’t just listen to My word, do what it says, and I will keep you so busy enjoying life that you will have no time to brood over the past.
Lord, help me to know Your word, and not forget what it says. Help me to do what Your word says I am to do. Then I will find satisfaction in this life and know You have blessed me!