You can, of course, forsake the light and wander in the dark.
You can take pleasure in evil, and rejoice in clouding the mind with words.
You can choose the crooked road or dead end, and still Wisdom will rescue you.
You can abandon My teaching and pursue desire.
You can banish insight from your home and open your doors to those who cannot face truth.
But as long as you choose this road, the living path is lost to you.
Choose differently: Seek Wisdom and walk the good path.
The upright dwell in timeless Wisdom; the wholehearted can never be lost, but the wicked are driven from every place and the faithless have nowhere to call home.
— Proverbs 2:14-22
Wisdom’s love for you is unconditional. You can choose to follow Her or reject Her, and still She will love you. But Her love is not enough, for without your choosing to return that love, there is no relationship between you.
There are two paths through life, the living and the dead. The living path is Wisdom’s Way; the dying path is the way of folly and wickedness. The path of the living is a refuge for life: Each step is peace, each step is healing, each step is whole and balanced. There is no destination; the journey itself is the prize.
The path of the dying is about arriving — getting somewhere other than here, for here is filled with anxiety, fear, and suffering. But there is nowhere but here, so the traveler on dying’s way rushes from place to place, certain that the next place will be the last place. There is no joy in dying’s way; exhaustion is its only promise.