Welcome to Class 52 of “The Ramp” to the Highway of Success course for young women. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society, working in partnership with the Martin Luther King Senior Institute for Young Men & Young Women. The Institute aims to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Sr., commonly referred to as “Daddy King”, whom God used to raise the great leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Our purpose is to guide young men and young women, and help them get on the path to becoming kings and queens for the glory of God.
I am your instructor for this course and the author of the ESSENCE Magazine bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Men” and the national bestselling book “Letters to Young Black Women.” My wife, Meriqua Whyte, and my eldest daughter, Daniella Whyte, co-authored “Letters to Young Black Women” with me. My daughter, who has her bachelor’s degree and is now pursuing her master’s degree, and her mother, developed the Study Guide. We are using Letters to Young Black Women and its study guide to guide you through this course. This course is for all young women, but especially for young black women and young women of color who oftentimes face disadvantages that others do not. The goal of this class is to help you operate from a position of strength and power based upon the Word of God so you can be victorious in life. My prayer is that this class will empower you to win against your enemies: the devil, sorry men, and even yourself.
Today, we will continue our study titled, STRIVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE AT AN EARLY AGE.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He said, “A useless life is an early death.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
The most important thing you should do, of course, is pray. Pray and seek God’s will for your life. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said in Proverbs 3:5 & 6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” If you bathe your dreams and aspirations in prayer, then you have God’s Word that He will direct your ways.
After you find out from God what He would have you to do with your life, go to the library with your parents and start mapping out courses and colleges that will help you get the training you need to do the calling that God has placed upon your life. Instead of your teenage years being boring and confusing, they can be exciting and joyful because you have clear direction in life.
Strive to know what God would have you to do at an early age, spend your young years working towards those goals, and you will be amazed at how God will use your life.
Now we will discuss how to find the answer to what do I want to do with my life:
1. Identify your gift.
There are many people who are good at doing several things but every person can be known for doing one thing exceptionally well. You can identify the one thing you do exceptionally well by listing your natural abilities. Note everything you’re good at even if they don’t quite yet translate into a career. As you grow, you will narrow down the list of what you spend your time on.
2. Identify your passions.
A passion is the one thing or the several things you deeply care about. Remember that passions are not hobbies. If I ask you what your passions are in life and you respond with something like hiking or knitting or karaoke, you are describing your hobbies which are activities done for one’s enjoyment in one’s spare time. A passion is something you feel emotionally strong about. It can be volunteering at a hospital for kids with heart disease or building schools in Nigeria. These are the things you will do outside of your work that you are enthusiastic and eager about.
3. Imagine your life at fifty years old.
Fifty years old seems like a long way off to many young people. But the sad truth is many people waste decades of time and energy doing things that do not move their lives forward or stuck in a job that they do not like that when they approach fifty they begin to ask themselves what do I have to show for all the time that has passed. You don’t want to be one of these people. Look at your life now, imagine what you want it to look like at fifty, and then start working so your imagination can become reality.
4. Define your values.
Values are the principles upon which you build your life. This is what Sophia A. Nelson calls your life “code”. This is how you judge what is most important and who is most important. Values have nothing to do with building consensus or sticking a wet finger to the wind to see which way the world is going. It’s all about imposing a set of solid and sound beliefs on yourself and each time a situation arises in which you need to make a decision, you line up your decision by the measuring stick of those values. Don’t waste your time and energy on anything outside of your values. Your values will be challenges because it is much more difficult to live unapologetically for what you stand for than to cave to politically correct ideology and the whims and doctrines of other people and institutions.
Seneca said, “It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”
In our next class, we will begin a new study, “TAKE IN A LITTLE ETIQUETTE ALONG THE WAY”.
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.