Class 57: Use Your Education to Help People (Part 1)
Welcome to Class 57 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 two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and religion and a master’s degree in human services counseling—executive leadership and is now pursuing her second master’s degree in developmental psychology) 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 begin a new study, “USE YOUR EDUCATION TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE”.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a quote from W. Galloway Tyson. He said, “There are too many people who expect God to work by miracle what God expects people to work by muscle.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read 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 already set your educational goals, and that you are pursuing them with all your might. However, let me lovingly encourage you to pursue your education not only to meet your own needs, but to glorify God and to help other people.
Don’t allow yourself to become a person who is always taking in and never giving out. You know, why they call the Dead Sea, the Dead Sea? The Dead Sea is always taking in and never giving out. In other words, don’t increase in knowledge and never use the knowledge you gain for God’s glory and to help other people. You will become spiritually and mentally constipated.
You will become puffed up if you increase in knowledge yet never share that knowledge. The Bible says in I Corinthians 8:1 that “…knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
So, I want to encourage you to share your knowledge with others. Have an “others first” mentality. (Remember the acronym, J-O-Y, which means Jesus, Others, You.) God wants you to be a blessing to others. There is a verse in Proverbs 11:24 that says: “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” Verse 25 goes on to say: “The liberal soul shall be made fat (prosperous): and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”
Below are just a few ways in which the Lord can use you to help others:
engage in ministry work at your church or para-church ministry
help tutor an elementary school child
do volunteer work at your local hospice
volunteer at the library
work as a teacher’s aid
help an elderly person or a mother with children by cleaning their house
cook a meal for a sick person
help out at a day care center
go grocery shopping for the elderly
sponsor a child through World Vision
donate your old clothes to a thrift store
mentor a troubled teenage girl
Let God use you to be a blessing to other people. Love and care for other people. Reach out to someone even today. After you finish reading this letter, go and do something nice for an elderly person that you know who needs some help. Not only will it be a blessing to them, but you will be amazed at how much you will be blessed as well. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
Reach Out and Touch Someone,
Obtaining an education and gaining knowledge is one of the greatest opportunities you have been given. There are many who never make it to college. Still there are others who make it to college but cannot for one reason or another get through to graduation. Then there are others who get through college and keep what they have learned to themselves. If you have been blessed to be in college or have graduated from college, the goal of whatever you do in life should be to help others.
Some people falsely believe that only those who run the church or who are in some type of ministry or charity organizations are the only ones obligated to help others. This is not true. It does not matter what you’re going to school for or what degree you obtain, everyone is obligated to help those who could benefit from the knowledge we have. Even if your degree is in sociology and you work as a quantitative researcher, the goal of your research should be to pass on knowledge to people who don’t already know so they can better their lives.
Here are some ways you can use your education to help others:
The American school system struggles to give each child the individualized attention that he or she needs to learn and grow. This is one of the reasons hundreds of students drop out and/or graduate each year without thoroughly learning foundational subjects necessary for advancement in life. You can use your education to help keep some of these kids from falling through the cracks. Go online or find a school in your area where you can do the most good. Give a hand to families, school districts, and teachers who are short on time and resources.
Millions of people go online every single day looking for advice about many different subjects including life transitions, careers, relationships, and personal struggles. You can be a source of encouragement and enlightenment to some of these individuals by starting a blog, joining a blog network, or sharing your work across social media. Many times, people don’t need to be told exactly what to do, they just need a loving hand to guide them to where they’re trying to go. You can do that on a daily or weekly basis through writing.
According to data by the National Institute for Literacy, National Center for Adult Literacy, The Literacy Company, and the U.S. Census Bureau via The Literacy Project, “50% of adults [in America] cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level”; “45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level”; “50% of the unemployed between the ages of 16 and 21 cannot read well enough to be considered functionally literate”; and “Between 46 and 51% of American adults have an income well below the poverty level because of their inability to read”. Illiteracy is the source of numerous problems in society including the inability to get employed and the increasing income gap. To get ahead, one must know how to read and understand. Consider taking young children or even adults under your wings for several hours a week and teaching them how to read.
Someone said, “Think of something to give instead of something to get.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “USE YOUR EDUCATION TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE”.
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.