Class 62: Let Your Education Shine Through (Part 2)


Welcome to Class 62 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 continue our study, “LET YOUR EDUCATION SHINE THROUGH”.

— Let’s Pray —

Allow me to begin with a quote from C.S. Lewis. He said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

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:

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First, let your education shine through by having a healthy fear of God. Proverbs 1:7 says: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” An educated young black woman will fear God so much so that she will not get puffed up with the knowledge she has. She realizes that without God, she could not have become an educated person.

Second, let your education shine through by walking in humility. Do not think that because you have some education, you know everything there is to know. There is a whole lot more that you will learn in life. The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 8:1 that “Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”

Third, let your education shine through in your behavior and dress. Daughters and YBW, know how to act and dress appropriately in any given situation.

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If there is anything we can be certain of in life, it is that we will never know all there is to know. The world is a massive place and information from ages gone by up until now is too much for us to consume or to comprehend. Whatever we learn is a mere percentage of all the things we could learn if we had the time and the space to do so.

Humility is an attitude of the heart, not an outward reflection or demeanor. One can put on an outward show of humility and people do this all of the time, but on the inside are filled with arrogance and pride. Our journey toward true and ultimate humility begins the moment we accept Christ as Saviour — in a way, we are admitting our helplessness and spiritual bankruptcy and asking for help for our souls.

Humility is not only necessary to have a place in heaven, it is necessary to be great in the kingdom of God on earth. Jesus is again the ultimate example of this. He knew everything already — past, present and future. He existed before time itself existed. Yet, He humbled Himself to the Father and was obedient to go to the cross and give His Life up for us. Additionally, he came to earth not to be served like the King He is, but to be a Servant.

True humility is a commitment to serving others and seeing other people as important and worthy of love and respect. A humble attitude means that we have no need of self-justification or self-defense when we’re falsely accused. It also means that we put away selfishness and conceit and submit to God’s revealed will in his word and his permissive will in our lives. Humility results in contentment and grace. Scripture says in Proverbs and First Peter that God gives grace to those who are humble but he opposes those who are proud.

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C.S. Lewis said, “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”

In the next class, we will continue our study, “LET YOUR EDUCATION SHINE THROUGH”.

—LET’S PRAY—

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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.