Class 49: “Strive to Know What You Want to Do With Your Life at a Early Age” (Part 2)
Today, we will continue our study titled, STRIVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE AT AN EARLY AGE.
Allow me to begin with a quote from Henry Ford. He said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it.”
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:
Personally, I believe that by the age of twelve or so, you ought to have some idea of what you want to do with your life. Stop right now and ask yourself, what is my passion in life? What am I most interested in? What would I like to do for the rest of my life? I am forever amazed at people who are thirty, thirty-five, and even forty years old, who do not have a clue as to what God put them here on earth to do. I am very happy for the success of Rick Warren’s fine book, The Purpose Driven Life. However, it really pained me to meet grown men and women who have been Christians for years — I’m talking about forty, fifty, and sixty years old — who thought this book was the best thing since sliced bread, and who through this book finally found their purpose in life. I felt very sad for these dear people.
Sister, I don’t want you to wait until you are forty or fifty years old before you find out what God would have you to do. So that you won’t think that I am hating on Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, I encourage you to read it NOW! In fact, you will see that I have recommended this book for you to read at the end of this letter.
Now we will discuss three reasons you should set goals for your life:
1. Goals give clarity to vision.
Very simply, without goals in life, you will be wasting your time running around trying to do a little bit of everything and not achieve what t you were ultimately put here to achieve. You get the sense that you are doing a lot of things — and many of those things may be good and well-meaning, but they are not progressing you to fulfilling your dreams. Setting goals helps you to turn into reality what you really want in life. It makes you articulate the desires you have in your heart and mind. Goals demand that you channel your time, energy, talent, and effort into the things that will move you forward.
2. Goals give you laser-straight focus.
You will either focus on something or focus on nothing. It is nearly impossible to be focused on many things at the same time. Your purpose gives you a broad overview of the direction in which to move your life. Your goals give you a single, straight path on what needs to be done to get there. Think of a tornado. Tornadoes begin with a small funnel-shaped cloud that expands into something much larger as winds pick up steam. A goal acts as a funnel which allows your dreams and purpose to pick up steam as you work on them, causing them to come to fruition. Goals allow you to mark what is urgent as urgent, what is important as important, and what can be delegated or does not need to be done at all as such, so you can focus on the things that will get you to your goals.
3. Goals help you to believe things are possible.
Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way they should not because they can’t but because we don’t believe they will and we don’t believe we can do anything to make them happen. Unless you make whatever you want to accomplish a goal for yourself and dedicate your time and effort to working towards achieving it, your dreams are merely notions floating throughout your imagination. Goals don’t matter unless you make them matter by working at them consistently for as long as it takes to reach them.
Someone said, “Don’t wait to see what happens — take hold and make it happen.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “STRIVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE AT AN EARLY AGE”.
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.