Welcome to Class 58 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 two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and religion and a master’s degree in human services counseling—executive leadership and is now pursuing her second master’s degree in developmental psychology) 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, “USE YOUR EDUCATION TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE”.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a quote from Heda Bejar. He said, “The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.”
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:
Don’t allow yourself to become a person who is always taking in and never giving out. You know, why they call the Dead Sea, the Dead Sea? The Dead Sea is always taking in and never giving out. In other words, don’t increase in knowledge and never use the knowledge you gain for God’s glory and to help other people. You will become spiritually and mentally constipated.
You will become puffed up if you increase in knowledge yet never share that knowledge. The Bible says in I Corinthians 8:1 that “…knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
So, I want to encourage you to share your knowledge with others. Have an “others first” mentality. (Remember the acronym, J-O-Y, which means Jesus, Others, You.) God wants you to be a blessing to others. There is a verse in Proverbs 11:24 that says: “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” Verse 25 goes on to say: “The liberal soul shall be made fat (prosperous): and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”
Too often the common denominator in our society is for people to be independent and separated from each other. And oftentimes, we struggle and suffer in isolation. This taps into the selfishness and greed that exists in our modern world. Being alone or by one’s self is not a bad thing. In fact, it can be very healthy and allow you to spend time doing a lot of awesome things. But to be cut off from humanity is not what God intended when He created us. He created us to be engaged and aware of the people around us and what they are doing. We are not put in this world for ourselves, but for each other. Be reminded that you don’t have to be in some foreign country to help someone. You can help people right where you are; anything you do can be an act of service.
Here are some ways you can use your education to help others:
1. Volunteer at a charity.
Volunteering is one of the best things you can do with your education. You can volunteer anywhere including a soup kitchen, a school, a church, a business, a charity, a hospital. Look around you or online and you will find organizations who can use your help to serve their community. And you don’t have to do it this very moment. Make the call and set an appointment and you can do it next week, next two weeks, or even next month. Volunteering demonstrates your commitment to the overall betterment of other people.
2. Help someone on edge.
If you have received your education in the social sciences, counseling, therapy, or healthcare, take some time to help someone who is in need of mental help, suicidal, struggling with grief, or depressed. Giving some of your time to a suicide or counseling hotline can be very rewarding and give you an opportunity to use your skills for the betterment of others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, over 35% of adults in America are obese and over 34% are overweight. Additionally, 17% of all children and teenagers are affected by obesity and 32% are overweight. Join a fitness camp as a supervisor or a trainee and help people get physically fit. This is especially good if you have a degree in nutrition or physical therapy. Helping people to live healthier physical lives means they will be able to live longer and spend less time on medications and in hospitals. Be reminded that God wants our lives to be healthy just as our souls are healthy.
Calvin Coolidge said, “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “USE YOUR EDUCATION TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE”.
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.
About the President of the MLK Senior Institute for Young Men & Young Women
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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader.
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 Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a candidate for the PhD of Philosophy in Theology.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children.