As a father, reading this passage goes right to the heart. Parents spend years teaching, correcting, and modeling. At some age the child leaves the nest but not the heart of his mother and father. At this point we begin to hope that the statement is true:
"You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy."Or to quote another place in Proverbs,
(Proverbs 22:6 KJV) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.Our children face choices. Here again we see a statement that reminds us those choices are real.
So? If you have children, continue to pray for them and live before them. If you don’t have children, there are people who watch your life. God is merciful. We are saved by grace. We are still expected to exercise our ability to make choices. Think and act.