Class 50: “Strive to Know What You Want to Do With Your Life at a Early Age” (Part 3)
Welcome to Class 50 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 her bachelor’s degree and is now pursuing her master’s degree, 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 titled, STRIVE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE AT AN EARLY AGE.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a quote from Zig Ziglar. He said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
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:
Now, back to finding out the purpose for your life. You need to understand two important facts:
1. God put you on this earth to do something that no one else can do.
2. God has given you certain gifts and talents to do what He made you to do.
What God wants you to do is to find out what that “something” is, and to do it with all of your might. Don’t look at what your girlfriends are doing, and don’t look at what anyone else is doing. Pray to God, and seek the advice of your parents. You will be surprised at how much your parents know about the direction you should take in your life.
The most important thing you should do, of course, is pray. Pray and seek God’s will for your life. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said in Proverbs 3:5 & 6: “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.” If you bathe your dreams and aspirations in prayer, then you have God’s Word that He will direct your ways.
After you find out from God what He would have you to do with your life, go to the library with your parents and start mapping out courses and colleges that will help you get the training you need to do the calling that God has placed upon your life. Instead of your teenage years being boring and confusing, they can be exciting and joyful because you have clear direction in life.
Strive to know what God would have you to do at an early age, spend your young years working towards those goals, and you will be amazed at how God will use your life.
Now we will discuss three reasons you should set goals for your life:
1. Goals help you overcome procrastination.
Identifying every single point of action for each goal you set is very important in your quest to reach your goals. Some goals are very often not reached not because they are too difficult but because people procrastinate on the little steps along the way. Giving each point of action a deadline will drive you to get them done immediately or as soon as possible instead of waiting until multiple points of action need to be done at the same time. A huge task can be intimidating, but breaking it down into smaller bite-sized tasks removes the fear and causes you to pursue your goals even more.
2. Goals help you to believe in yourself.
One of the biggest enemies of accomplishment is self-doubt — believing that you are unable or incapable of reaching your goals. When you set aside time to plan what what you want to accomplish in life, you begin to trust God’s grace and believe in the strength he has given you to complete your goals and make progress. Goals make your purpose much clearer to you. And if you are aligned with God’s plan and will for your life, the more you begin to believe that the goals you have set are doable.
3. Goals help you to enjoy the process.
The process is where all the hard work must be done. It is the painful, day in and day out, mundaneness of life that we must deal with. And this is where most people give up and throw in the towel. Most of us don’t like the process because the process is painful and most of us have a low tolerance for pain. But every destination is preceded by a journey. Most of the time, that journey is very long and is wrought with hardship, problems, and lessons that we all must learn. Football teams don’t win Super Bowls every Sunday, but every single game played matters on the road to the Super Bowl. Those 16 regular season games are the process. The Super Bowl is the destination. Setting goals will help you to enjoy the process more. And then one day, you will look up and see that all that hardship and all those hard lessons paid off. Because you endured the process and made the very best of it, you have reached your destination.
Jim Rohn said, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
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.