LISTEN: The Spirituality of Dying, Part 5 (Preparing for the Inevitable #25 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:7: “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

The featured quote for this episode is from Mark Twain. He said, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

Our topic for today is titled “The Spirituality of Dying, Part 5” from the book, “The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come” by Rob Moll.

— Letting Go

Jim’s renewed sense of purpose and spiritual vision came about with some difficulty. First, Jim said, he had to learn to trust that God would take care of his family. “I am a control guy,” Jim explained. “It was unfathomable for me to figure out how God could take care of my wife and kids without me on the scene.”

But reading Luke where Jesus talks about leaving family members behind for fidelity to Christ, Jim was struck by Jesus’ words. It was exactly what he couldn’t do. Jim said he heard God ask, “How much do you love me, Jim? Do you really love me enough to trust me to take care of your wife and your children?”

Once Jim had let go of his need to be his family’s sole provider, his family had a surprise gift for him. Early on Easter Sunday morning, a friend came to get Jim and took him to church. The pastor met Jim outside, and the three friends walked through the church doors together. Inside, his pastor gave Jim a program for the event that was about to take place. His pastor said, “Jim, you have about a hundred friends in there, friends of yours, friends of your kids. Your wife has put this together. All four of your kids are going to get baptized.”

That morning, Jim’s kids all gave their testimonies and were baptized. “It was just a little service for our family and for our friends,” Jim said. His wife also shared with their friends about the difficulties she had dealing with Jim’s illness, but also the strength God had given her to handle her husband’s death.

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 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.