It Won’t Be Easy (The Brother’s Keeper #57)


Dear Y.B.M.,

Nothing worth having in life comes easy. That is something you need to get ahold of early. Just because your gift comes naturally to you, that does not mean you will not have to work hard in order for you to fulfill what God has called you to do.

Take a look at the Apostle Paul. Shortly after he trusted Christ as Savior, God said, “He is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.” From there on out, one would think that it should have been smooth sailing for Paul. But it wasn’t. While he was a gifted preacher and evangelist, he faced plenty of difficulty in his life. He was persecuted by his own people and by Gentiles. He still had to work his “day job” as a tentmaker in order to make money to live.

He wrote in one letter, “I am in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”

Yes, Paul was a hard worker but he was also an overcomer. He had a litany of mountains to climb and obstacles to get through. And if you want to reach your goals and fulfill the purpose that God has given you for your life, you will have to work hard as well.

You must develop a mindset of determination that says, “No matter what obstacles I am faced with, I will overcome. I will be victorious in the end.” You cannot give up at the first sign of trouble or opposition. You cannot think that because you are doing God’s will, you will not have any difficulties.

No, God allows difficulties in our lives in order to develop character and in order to allow us to be tested so that we can see areas in which we need to improve. It is these difficulties that create within us the conditions that will allow us to maintain success once we have achieved it.

In life, just because it doesn’t come easy, doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. If you battle through the difficulties in order to fulfill your purpose, it will be worth it in the end.

Working hard and overcoming,

Daniel Whyte III

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

Michael Jordan said, “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Cristiano Ronaldo said, “Talent without working hard is nothing.”

Henry Ford said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

Maria Bartiromo said, “Don’t ever, ever, believe anyone who tells you that you can just get by, by doing the easiest thing possible. Because there’s always somebody behind you who really wants to do what you’re doing. And they’re going to work harder than you if you’re not working hard.”

Booker T. Washington said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

Are You a Man On a Mission? (The Brother’s Keeper #56)


Dear Y.B.M.,

I hope that you are on the path to pursuing your life’s purpose by investing in and living out the gift that God has given you.

So far, we have been using the word “purpose” to denote the overall goal of your life, your reason for living. Now, I want to introduce a new word to help you get ahold of this concept even better. That word is the word “mission.” Business experts often advise that companies differentiate between their purpose and their mission. They say the purpose is why the company exists, and the mission is what the company does to carry out the why of the company. This principle applies to your personal life as well. Continue reading

The Eternal Purpose (The Brother’s Keeper #54)


Dear Y.B.M.,

I hope that you have committed to not settling for the mundane life that most people live. I hope that you are ready to reach for something higher. And, by “higher”, I mean the highest possible level that one can attain.

While you are seeking to determine the purpose of your life, please understand that any purpose that is truly worthwhile is one that is tied to a higher purpose. Your purpose, if it is to be truly meaningful, must be wrapped up in God’s purpose for the world. As the saying goes, “Only one life, twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”

One day, you will die. You ought to be determined to leave something of significance behind. It could be a book, a movie, or music. It could be the impact you had on the lives of your children and the lives of others. It could be a business or a charity. Beyonce sang a song titled “I Was Here.” It starts like this:

I want to leave my footprints on the sand of time
Know there was something that I left behind
When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets
I’ll leave something to remember so they won’t forget

You ought to have that same desire.

But, the truth is that the entire world will one day pass away. The Apostle Peter wrote, “The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” Yes, even the things you leave behind will be “burned up” when the world ends. So, does anything that we do now really matter? Absolutely, yes.

In order for what you do to matter in the end, you want to be engaged in fulfilling a purpose that has eternal implications. You want to impact people’s souls, not just their physical existence. You want to have an effect on their inner person. The highest form of this is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people you meet. This can be done in a variety of forms, even if one is not called to preach. I know of a barn-building company that includes on all of its billboards and brochures the slogan, “Jesus is coming. Are you ready?” There is no telling how many people have been prompted to question the status of their souls simply by being seeing that statement.

While it is great to sell houses, cut hair, or make music, be aware that the people who are impacted by your work also have a soul that will live forever in Heaven or Hell. The most important thing in their life is their relationship with God. What can you do to encourage that in the area in which you work?

This is not to say that you cannot become a police officer or a teacher or a doctor. All of those roles are vitally important to God and to the world He created. But how you influence people spiritually will be your greatest—and only—contribution that will last forever.

Yours for engaging in an eternal purpose,

Daniel Whyte III

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

David Platt said, “There is indescribable joy, deep satisfaction, and an eternal purpose in dying to ourselves and living for Christ.”

Rick Warren said, “To discover your purpose in life you must turn to God’s Word, not the world’s wisdom. You must build your life on eternal truths, not pop psychology, success-motivation, or inspirational stories.”

Woodrow Kroll said, “God’s purpose gives life meaning.”

Don’t Settle (The Brother’s Keeper #53)

Even Mo’ Letters to Young Black Men
Letter One: Don’t Settle


Dear Y.B.M.,

When I was a young man, there was one thing I wanted almost more than anything else. I wanted to be a part of something bigger than me. I wanted to do something that mattered with my life. Although I was having fun partying and living life as I pleased, the thought that came to my mind quite often was: “There’s got to be more to life than this.” More than working a nine-to-five job. More than getting a paycheck. More than living the same, mundane lifestyle that I saw so many other people living.

I looked at the Civil Rights movement, seeing it as a period of history where people did something that was bigger than themselves. I considered becoming an attorney who stood up for the rights of black people in society.

There is a reason why young people have been at the forefront of major political and social movements throughout history. God has put in every one a desire to live a life that counts, to live a life that matters, to do something that matters. The problem comes when many people, as they grow older, decide to settle. They settle for the mortgage, the car note, the job they don’t enjoy, the steady paycheck, and keeping up with the Joneses. They settle for mere existence, and not really living. The only goal they look forward to is retirement.

This kind of life is a waste of the talent that God has given us. God would not put the desire to do something that matters inside of us if He didn’t intend for us to use it as impetus for our future. God has plans for you, young black man. He wants you to live a life that counts. Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works…”

I did not find my true purpose in life until I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior on December 19, 1979, when I was nineteen-years-old. So, I was still a young man. I thank God that Jesus saved me. It has made all of the difference in the world.

Shortly, after I gave my life to God, He called me to preach. During this time, I also found that I had an interest in words and writing — something that I had not had before. By the grace of God, I have spent the past thirty-six-plus years preaching the Gospel and writing, and I am not ready to stop. I say with the old saints, “I don’t feel no ways tired.” That is the great thing about doing something that matters with your life: it never gets old. It is always fun.

Yours for never settling,

Daniel Whyte III

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

Rick Warren said, “Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”

Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

John Herrick said, “Gideon saw in himself an unqualified, insignificant individual. But God saw someone He could use. God feels the same way about you. He sees potential and value that you might not see in yourself. He wants you on His team.”

Seneca said, “Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.”

Proverbs for Young Men to Live By (Letter 24)

bible-proverbsDear Y.B.M.:

Over the years, the Book of Proverbs in the Bible, has helped me with many practical things in this life. May I encourage you to read this book at least twice a year. The Book of Proverbs has thirty-one chapters. Why not get into the habit of reading one chapter a day? The truths contained therein will help you greatly in your life. Here are just some of the key verses that have been a great help to me over the years:

Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Proverbs 3:9-10: “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Proverbs 5:16: “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.”

Proverbs 6:6: “Go to the ant thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”

Proverbs 6:27: “Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?”

Proverbs 12:22: “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.”

Proverbs 18:22: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.”

Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

Proverbs 16:7: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Proverbs 15:16: “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.”

Proverbs 16:16: “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”

Dear brother, just read the book of Proverbs, and be blessed. There are hundreds of other Proverbs that can help make you a grand success in life.

Yours from Proverbsville,

Daniel

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

Lord Tennyson said, “Bible reading is an education in itself.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!”

Someone said, “Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.”

Take the Road Less Traveled (Letter 16)

the-road-less-traveledDear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you are doing well today.

I am writing you now to encourage you to take the “road less traveled.” You might be asking, what is the road less traveled? Well, in short, it is the tough, lonely road of self-discipline. This road is about delaying gratification and pleasure to accomplish a worthy goal or pursuit. Practicing discipline is much easier said than done. Discipline is a great idea, but implementing it is difficult.

According to Websters Collegiate Dictionary, the word discipline means:

– To bring under control
– Training that corrects, molds or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
– Self control
– To train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control
– Control gained by enforcing obedience or order

Discipline is that quality that says, by the grace of God, come hell or high water, I am determined to get the task done or reach that goal, etc. Discipline says, it doesn’t matter how I feel or what is going on around me or who is doing or saying what. All that matters is that I am willing to sacrifice – to do without things, if necessary, to reach my goal.

Here is a personal example of self-discipline: to write this book, I’ve had to get up at 3:30 a.m., forego eating, get rid of the television set, and not look at football and basketball, etc.

Dear friend, you will have to have that rugged tenacity and discipline if you are going to succeed in your endeavours in this life.

Here are some things that we really need to practice the principle of discipline in:

PRAYER: You will need to learn to pray when you feel like praying and pray even when you don’t.

READING: Especially Bible reading. One man said: “The Bible will keep you away from sin, or sin will keep you away from the Bible.” Reading other books besides the Bible will take discipline as well. But the rewards are great.

IN-DEPTH STUDY: King Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, said, “Much study is a weariness of the flesh” (Ecclesiastes 12:12b). And it is. Someone stated that “Mental work is much more difficult than physical work.” And that is true. For example, I find it much easier to work in a warehouse than to sit down and write an article or a book.

EXERCISE: Even though there are people who say they like to exercise, it still takes discipline to move that body out of bed and on to the running track or gym. Discipline! Discipline! Discipline! Make it your battle cry and you will win every time.

SEX: One of the most difficult areas to exercise discipline in is the area of sexual desires. But as in any thing else, God will help you overcome those temptations if you would only pray and take heed to His Word.

We could go on and on as to the areas we need to practice discipline in. The question now is, how do we practice discipline? Here are some simple ideas that I find helpful:

1. When you have a goal that needs to be reached, abandon all else and focus on that one thing that needs to be done and get it done now!

2. Take the T.V. out of the house.

3. Do the worst first.

4. Work hard and then have big fun. Plan an exciting reward for yourself after the goal is reached.

5. Remember that good feelings follow positive action. Positive action hardly ever follows good feelings.

6. Fast. When you really have to get something done, do what I call, fast and focus. What I mean by this is in order to reach your goal, you may need to go without some things that you enjoy such as food or television for a period of time to focus on accomplishing your goal.

7. Bathe the goal or project in prayer.

Dear Y.B.M., please take the road less traveled — the road of discipline. It’s hard, but good. And as my dad used to say: “It’s tight, but right!”

On the Road Less Traveled,

Daniel Whyte

Power Thoughts

P.T.: Frederick Douglass said, “The collapse of character begins with compromise.”

Zig Ziglar said, “When you do the things you have to do when you have to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them.”

Rudyard Kipling wrote:

“If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on.’

“If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run-
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!”