(Proverbs 2:17 KJV) Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
This verse begins to describe a slide into Hell. It begins with mention of the people and influences of “youth” (5271). This assumes that there have been some good people around who have taught and demonstrated what it means to live upright and holy lives. Even for those who are raised in total paganism there are examples that can be followed. The Holy Spirit always offers guidance and a conscience that will move us in the right direction.
The slide begins when this person abandons that which they know is right. It always amazes me how much children know about right and wrong, even when they deny it. When we read in the newspaper about someone who has met or caused tragedy they do not come from nothing. If the reporter did the job he was paid to do you will probably find a long path of deviant behavior, many arrests and violent episodes.
So? Where are you on the road? Some of us are getting near the end and changes will only have time for minor improvements. We need to seek those improvements anyway. Some are at the beginning and small tweaks can have major effects over the length of a life. Then our tangents are taken into eternity.