The Man in the Mirror

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This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

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Orderliness, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror #60)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of Orderliness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Have you heard the saying, “Too much of a good thing?” How can a “good thing” be harmful? Shoes are a good thing. You probably have school shoes, church shoes, and play shoes. They each have their place to fit neatly in your closet. What if you had twenty pairs of shoes all over your closet floor, and you couldn’t even get to your clothes and other belongings? The shoes have become clutter and are no longer a good thing! Just as physical clutter can hinder your surroundings, so “spiritual clutter” can reduce your effectiveness for God’s kingdom. When a person becomes busy with Bible studies, fellowships, and other “good” activities but neglects his daily time with God, then the excess “good” has become harmful. Ask God to help you see any clutter that would keep you from His best.

What Is Orderliness?

The operational definition of orderliness is “preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency.” Being efficient means you do a task successfully, without wasting time or energy. Your desk is one of your “surroundings.” You can prepare this place to be productive by organizing your school supplies so you can quickly find what you need for each assignment. The kitchen is another “surrounding” you can arrange so that you work more efficiently. You can keep stirring spoons next to the stove or store dishes near the dishwasher to avoid unnecessary trips around the kitchen. Another way to prepare for efficiency is to organize your time. Taking a few moments in the evening to tidy your room, choose your clothing, and plan the next day will help you save time and effort in the morning. Once you make the effort to establish order in your home, you will be amazed at how much extra time you will “find”!

The opposite of orderliness is disorganization. When your room is untidy and your day chaotic, your whole life can feel out of balance! Leaving your clothes on the floor of your room may seem easier than taking the time to put them where they belong. But, as the piles grow, more time will be spent searching to find the articles you want. However, if you maintain a system of tossing your dirty laundry into the hamper and keeping your clean clothes hung in the closet or neatly folded in a drawer, you will save time and bring order to your room! An undisciplined and disorganized person does not realize that clutter is a thief of his time, space, and peace.

The goal of orderliness, however, is greater than gaining more time and a better system of organization. The more significant reason for ordering your life is so you are more productive in serving God and others. Keeping this in mind will help you guard against frustration when your schedule is interrupted. What seems like an interruption may actually be God redirecting you to serve Him differently than you had planned. Company may unexpectedly stop by, or you may be asked to get a tool to help your Dad with a project. God may bring someone along who needs a listening ear or moment of prayer. Rejoice in what He allows and calmly trust that He always brings what is best. An orderly home will help you be ready for these changes. When everything is in its place, you will be ready to jump in with a smile and meet the needs around you.


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.

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 University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Thoroughness, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #59)


Thoroughness is carrying out each task in preparation for God’s personal inspection and approval.

When David prayed, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin,” he used the Hebrew word “rabah,” which occurs 74 other times in Scripture as multiply. He was asking God to cleanse him over and over so that there would be no trace of sin or iniquity left. Thoroughness in cleaning is not accomplished by a “quick onceover” but by a deep cleaning and complete washing to make sure every bit of dirt or uncleanness is removed.

— Thoroughness in Work

We have a tendency to do work as thoroughly as is necessary to pass the inspection of those who assign us the job. However, true thoroughness is motivated by the awareness that each job we do will be personally inspected by the Lord. This is the message of Colossians 3:22–24: “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Thoroughness, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror #58)


In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of Thoroughness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Thoroughness is carrying out each task in preparation for God’s personal inspection and approval.

When David prayed, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin,” he used the Hebrew word “rabah,” which occurs 74 other times in Scripture as multiply. He was asking God to cleanse him over and over so that there would be no trace of sin or iniquity left. Thoroughness in cleaning is not accomplished by a “quick onceover” but by a deep cleaning and complete washing to make sure every bit of dirt or uncleanness is removed.

— Thoroughness in Work

We have a tendency to do work as thoroughly as is necessary to pass the inspection of those who assign us the job. However, true thoroughness is motivated by the awareness that each job we do will be personally inspected by the Lord. This is the message of Colossians 3:22–24: “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Contentment, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #57)


This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself?

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Contentment from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

In our last episode, we talked about how a lack of contentment produces covetousness. Today, we begin by looking at how Covetousness Produces Idolatry

If we desire what God has not given to us but what He has given to others, we are guilty of coveting. This is a violation of the tenth commandment: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” When we expect from possessions or people what only God can give, we turn them into idols and become guilty of idolatry. For example, if we expect security from money, we make money an idol, because only God can give security. Likewise, if we expect fulfillment from wealth or expensive possessions, we make them idols. The same is true if we look to food or diets alone for health.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Discontentment makes rich men poor while contentment makes poor men rich.”

Contentment, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror #55)


This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself?

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of Contentment from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Contentment is realizing that God has already provided everything I need for my present and future happiness.

In Hebrew, the word “ya’al” means “to show willingness; to undertake; to agree to or to accept.” This word is used to describe a person who is resolved to do something or let something be, such as the Levite who agreed to dwell with Micah. Judges 17:10–11 says, “Micah said unto him, Dwell with me. And the Levite was content to dwell with the man.”

In the New Testament, the words content and contentment are translated from “arkeo,” which means “to be strong enough; to be satisfied,” and “autar-keia,” which means “to need no aid or support, sufficiency of the necessities of life.”

Contentment comes as we realize that God is all we really need and that He will never leave us. We can be satisfied in Him, knowing that He is the Supplier of all our physical and spiritual needs. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Punctuality, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #54)


In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of Punctuality from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

The second factor required for punctuality is a respect for other people and the time God has entrusted to them. Time is one of our most precious assets. We are given a limited amount of it and are accountable to God for how we use it.

When we keep other people waiting, we actually rob them of their time and hinder them from accomplishing God’s will. We fail to obey the command to “walk circumspectly… Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). We also fail to
comprehend the truth of the following quote by Horace Mann

“Lost yesterday,
Somewhere between sunrise and sunset,
Two golden hours,
Each set with sixty diamond minutes.
No reward is offered
For they are gone forever.”

If you have robbed others of time by your lack of punctuality, make a list of those whom you have wronged and ask for their forgiveness. Fulfill the promises that you have made to others, and design ways for others to hold you accountable for punctuality. Make this a priority until punctuality is a consistent discipline in your life.

Here Are Some Related Character Qualities Necessary for Punctuality

• Organization—Organizing our lives and surroundings so that we can be on time.

• Creativity—Designing more efficient ways to accomplish tasks so that we can be on time.

• Initiative—Taking the lead in doing what needs to be done in order to be punctual.

• Patience—Forgiving the lack of punctuality in others.

Rick Grubbs said, “Time is the passing of life. Redeeming the time means rescuing it from going to waste.”

Let’s Pray

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This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.


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.

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 University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.