Class 34: “On the Importance of Your Early Education” (Part 3)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR EARLY EDUCATION.
Allow me to begin with a German proverb. It says, “Whoever cares to learn will always find a teacher.”
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:
Second, you must take responsibility for your learning. Your teachers can teach until they are blue in the face, and your parents can fuss at you about taking your schooling seriously, but your education will not be to you what it should be until you take full responsibility for it.
Third, realize and keep in mind that what you learn will help you in life. It will help make life better for you. If you play around and waste your time in junior and senior high school, your actions will show up in college and in your life. If you go to college just to pass the time, you will have a hard time in the working world. Don’t go to school to play. Go to school to learn, and be all that God wants you to be.
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
Let’s take a look at three benefits that come from taking responsibility for your early education:
1. You will actually learn something beneficial.
By focusing and taking responsibility for your education early on, not only will you have more book knowledge than many of your peers, but you will have some practical life knowledge that many of your peers will not obtain until adulthood when they are forced to obtain it. Showing responsibility in the educational area of your life will translate into the other areas of your life as time goes on, helping you to freely manage other things and reach other goals without having to depend on your parents or other people to push you. And while your peers might be using their time in school to mess around and get caught up in petty dramas, the knowledge you retain will have opened up your mind to bigger things, allowing you to focus on the difference maker you can be in the world.
2. Your future will be brighter.
Responsibility breeds practice and preparation. Practice and preparation now, including in the area of education, will more than likely result in prosperity later. So many people come to the latter years of their life full of regret, sitting on the couch, wishing and wondering while watching somebody else who took responsibility for their education do what they once dreamed of doing. Why is this? They simply failed to unlock opportunities for themselves by refusing to take responsibility early on in their educational journey. By focusing on what you’re learning, and by utilizing what you learn while striving to get your degrees, you can look forward to your future with excitement and step into it daily with zeal. Right now, don’t worry about how God will use you later. Just be prepared.
3. Your character will be built up.
Responsibility enhances character. By taking responsibility for your early education, you will learn sticktuitiveness, determination, and how to work hard, among other things. You will have a less difficult time being perseverant in the working world. You will also know the feeling of accomplishment, and this feeling of honest accomplishment experienced several times over will also build your self-esteem.
Anne Frank said, “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
In our next class, we will commence our study, “ON SETTING EDUCATIONAL GOALS“.
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.