Class 60: Use Your Education to Help People (Part 3)
Welcome to Class 60 of “The Ramp” to the Highway of Success course for young women.
Today, we will continue our study, “USE YOUR EDUCATION TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE”.
— Let’s Pray —
Allow me to begin with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. He said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
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:
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).
One of the greatest privileges we have as human beings is the ability to get a good education. Yet according to the UN, approximately 60 million children can’t read or do simple math simply because they live in poorer neighborhoods or countries. Regardless of whether you liked school or not, did above average or just enough to pass, having a complete and good education puts you head and shoulders above those who don’t.
As believers, we are not called just to gain knowledge and information but also to share it with others in love. 1 Corinthians 8:1 states, “…we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” When people gain knowledge, it reduces poverty, it increases income, it closes the wealth disparities, it opens up doors for employment, it travels through generations, it improves health, and it enables families to grow and become better citizens.
If you know what it means to have a good education, here are some ways you can help others:
1. Volunteer in natural disasters.
It is easy to dream of helping in picture perfect conditions, but the truth is no one has a perfect situation. Nearly everyone you meet can be helped in some way. If a natural disaster hits your area or a nearby town, put on some rain boots, grab a shovel, bottles of water, and boxes of cookies and get to work. Many people who have just been hit by a devastating storm have lost everything and especially be on hand to help comfort those who have lost family members or friends. Sometimes, the magnitude of a situation doesn’t hit us until we are directly involved in it.
2. Use your special talents.
Everyone is talented but some people simply have uniquely amazing talents. If you are one of these people, offer to do a weekend workshop at your local library or at a recreation center in a low-income community and share your gift with others.
3. Become a blood donor.
Blood is extremely important. If we cease to have blood properly flowing through our bodies, we cease to live. Before doctors and surgeons prep patients for surgery, they have to ensure enough blood is in the patient’s body and if there is not, a blood transfusion is in order. Today, our family is grateful for the blood of someone else which helped to save one of our family member’s lives. Blood means life, and everyday, all over the world, people with good blood line up outside of blood donor locations to give some of this life-saving fluid to someone who desperately needs it. According to the American Red Cross, “Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood” and “Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.” Interestingly enough, “The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they ‘want to help others.’”
Anne Frank said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET YOUR EDUCATION SHINE THROUGH”.
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.
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.