Dear Daughters & YBW:
In this letter, I want to encourage you to let your education shine through. It is amazing to me how one can come out of a four-year institution of higher learning and yet appear to be ignorant and unlearned. Daughters and YBW, here’s how you can let your education shine through:
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.
Fourth, let your education shine through in your speech. Do not come out of college sounding ignorant. Know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. We are told in Proverbs 15:2 that: “The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.”
Fifth, let your education shine through in your writing. Learn how to communicate well on paper.
Sixth, let your education shine through by using the knowledge that you gain for good purposes. Help others and give some of your time to worthy causes.
Seventh, let your education shine through by thinking for yourself. Do not let other people think for you. Size up what every person says to you by God’s Word. Listening to other people, who are not of God, can lead you away from God and cause you to mess up the rest of your life.
Daughters and YBW, let your education shine through and you will be the better for it.
Yours for Letting Your Education Shine,
P. T. (Power-Thoughts):
“Those who travel the high road of humility are not troubled by heavy traffic.” – Alan K. Simpson
“From the first, I made my learning, what little it was, useful every way I could.” – Mary McLeod Bethune
BIBLE GEM: “Wise men lay up knowledge; but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.” – Proverbs 10:14
TALK TO GOD: Dear Jesus, Help me to let my education show. Help me not to get puffed up or proud with the knowledge You have allowed me to gain. I thank You for the education that You have given to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
BOOK: Humility: True Greatness, by C.J. Mahaney
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This chapter is an excerpt from my book, Letters to Young Black Women: Loving, Fatherly Advice and Encouragement for a Difficult Journey. Click here to find out more or to purchase the book online.