Welcome to Class 59 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 William Shakespeare. He said, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
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:
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).
Almost all people everywhere in the world aim to help themselves — to help themselves get ahead, to help themselves make more money, to help themselves feel fulfilled in life, to help themselves get more education or become famous or become rich. Listen to any random person’s answer to the question “What do you want to get out of life?” and somewhere in there will be something involving themselves. Having the goal of getting ahead or being famous or rich or powerful is not bad in and of itself. But there must be something much deeper than these things. Behind everything we do, the primary aim should be to help someone else along the way.
Too often, people see their jobs as a means to get ahead. They work because they want to make more money or they want to climb the corporate ladder. But after the first initial days or weeks, work becomes more of a chore than a blessing and they can’t wait to clock out at 5. Whatever job you work, it will feel more fulfilling if you begin to see it as a means to help someone else. Maybe it is helping your employer reach a big goal, or using the money you earn to give to charity or help someone in need, or perhaps helping a co-worker on a personal project. Whatever it is, work becomes more fulfilling when the end goal is to serve, to give, to help someone else.
Life is not a bargaining chip. We don’t help to receive help in return; we help and serve because that is what Jesus would do. When we understand that everything has been given to us, we will find it much easier to give to others.
Here are some more ways you can use your education to help others:
1. Share your resources
Think about the resources: the products and services that you use on a regular basis. Be mindful of whether you can use them to help someone else or pass it on to someone else so they can help themselves. Maybe a new college student needs a computer and you have discounts to get new computers from a friend. Resources that you use and/or don’t use, try to keep them in mind so when other people cross your path, you can let them know.
2. Help someone take action
We all know at least one person who may have great talent or skill in a particular area and even have great potential but they stall at every opportunity to move forward. If they seem to have lost their direction or goals in life or are simply always talking but never moving in the direction of their words, help them to identify what it is they are aiming to do and then help them take one small step in that direction. Although some do, most people don’t need you to do everything for them. Some people simply need a kick in the pants or a little motivation to get them moving down the road.
3. Share your knowledge
It is not particularly fun being the smartest person in the room. The easiest way to avoid this is by sharing your knowledge with others. You don’t have to be a teacher in a classroom to teach either. You can be a mentor to a student or a good friend of a colleague. There are plenty of opportunities to share what you know about a particular area of expertise. The key is to keep learning and growing yourself, stay ahead of the curve, and be open to help someone else. And sometimes, teaching is the best way to learn.
Patricia Lockwood said, ““Overall people are slower to learn to help somebody else. But people who report themselves to be higher in empathy learn at a similar rate to benefit themselves and the other person.”
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET YOUR EDUCATION SHINE THROUGH”.
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.
About the President of the MLK Senior Institute for Young Men & Young Women
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a candidate for the PhD of Philosophy in Theology.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children.