Class 33: “On the Importance of Your Early Education” (Part 2)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR EARLY EDUCATION.
Allow me to begin with a word from Malcolm S. Forbes. He said, “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
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 value of getting a good education is all around us. God even addresses the importance of increasing knowledge in His Word. Notice Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man (wise woman) will hear and will increase learning; and a man (woman) of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”
Proverbs 9:9 tells us: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” So become wiser by increasing in knowledge.
Now, increasing in knowledge does not happen by osmosis. There are certain things that will help you in your early education:
First, you must have an internal motivation to want to learn. You must have a desire to learn. No one can put that in you. It’s a heart thing. It’s a made up mind that says: “I want to learn. I want to know about the world around me.”
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
Let’s take a look at three internal motivating factors behind learning:
1. Internal motivation to learn forces us to be responsible.
There are two types of motivations: internal motivation and external motivation. External motivation is driven by the idea that rewards and punishment make or force us do something. Internal motivation, on the other hand, is the driving force on the inside of us that pushes us to do something or helps us refrain from doing something. People who subscribe to external motivation only are largely irresponsible, out of control, lack motivation, do not understand the power of choice, and blame others for their lives. Those who live by internal motivations accept responsibility for both success and failure, realize that freedom is a gift to be used wisely, strive toward goals, and make choices that align with their values and beliefs. When it comes to education, you must take personal responsibility for what you learn and how you learn. Teachers can teach until they’re blue in the face but the students who learn the most and learn the best are those who intentionally open their minds and hearts to learn new ideas and concepts.
2. Internal motivation to learn helps us to develop relationships and cooperate with others who are also on the same path.
One of the basic needs of every human being is belonging. Our need to belong motivates us to develop relationships with other individuals who are on the same path as we are or going in a similar direction. The need to belong and be connected to others is a point of humility. God gave us this need. Without this need, we would only strive towards independence. Cooperating with other people forces us beyond independence, which in and of itself is limited, and pushes us toward interdependence. Working with others, learning alongside others, and fulfilling goals together is one of the primary marks of high achievers.
3. Internal motivation to learn gives us freedom that allows us to make right choices.
The freedom to choose is powerful. Having freedom and being able to make choices is part of what it means to be human. Freedom is not a license to do what we want to do to the neglect of the needs of others. It is an understanding that we are to be behave in ways that are respectful and beneficial to others. Throughout the process of learning, we will discover both good and bad things. It is up to us to choose to learn from the failures and mistakes of others, and to choose to do what is right and just.
A German Proverb says, “Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “ON THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR EARLY EDUCATION“.
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.