Class 35: “On Setting Educational Goals” (Part 1)

Today, we are beginning a new study titled, ON SETTING EDUCATIONAL GOALS.

Allow me to begin with a quote from Karen Ravn. She said, “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”

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:

Dear Daughters & YBW:

I trust that you have begun to take your education seriously.

Over the years, I have learned that if you do not set goals, you will not accomplish anything. In this letter I want to encourage you to set solid educational goals.

What I mean by setting educational goals is this: you have to look at where you are now and map out where you would like to be in the next four, ten or twenty years. Write your goals down, pray over them, and ask God to lead, guide, and direct you as you work toward those goals.

After setting some solid goals, stay focused. Keep your eyes on the degree that you are pursuing and the things that you want to learn. You will meet some obstacles along the way, but you must work toward your goals no matter what your girlfriends, your family, or others may say. Mark Twain once said: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” That is so true.

Don’t let money be a issue. There is more than one way to reach your goals:

Prayer
Work part-time if needed
Well-off family members
External study colleges
Junior or Community colleges
Scholarships for good grades
Financial Aid and Student Loans

No matter what grade you’re in, I want you to start setting your educational goals right now. Take a pen and paper, and write down exactly what you would like to be doing at the age of twenty-five. Now, write down exactly what courses need to be taken to reach that goal. After you have written those courses down, pursue your educational goals like a woman on a mission, and don’t let anything or anybody stand in your way.

Proverbs 13:19 says, “The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul…”

Yours for Reaching the Finish Line,

Papa

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:

As we read at the beginning of this letter: “If you do not set goals, you will not accomplish anything.” Setting educational goals will place you on the ramp to living a successful life. We are going to look at three ways to begin setting goals that will allow you to have not only a successful education, but a successful life as well.

In setting educational goals, prayer is a must. Share your heart’s desires with Your Maker Who knows you better than you know yourself. He made you and He has placed within you those gifts, talents and abilities that if you live a pure life, a life of obedience to Him, He will reveal those gifts and talents and abilities to you and as you exercise them you will be propelled into a life of success. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to “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.”

In setting educational goals, seek the advice of others. Talk to those who have been where you are striving to get to. Talk to those who have successfully gone through the educational process, that is, those who have a Bachelor’s, a Master’s and/or a Doctor’s degree behind their names and set appropriate goals that will allow you to achieve the desired end. Solomon says in Proverbs 11:14, “In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” He also says, “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end” (Proverbs 19:20).

Picture yourself having achieved those goals. Those goals will be daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Picture yourself walking across the stage to receive your high school diploma. Picture yourself receiving your four year Bachelor’s degree; then picture yourself receiving your Master’s degree, etc. Keep those images before you each day and before God daily asking Him to give you the discipline it will take to achieve those goals. Work hard doing what it takes to achieve your goals. Become an unstoppable woman.

Jim Rohn said, “Goals.There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”

In our next class, we will continue our study, “ON SETTING EDUCATIONAL GOALS”.

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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.