Harness Your Needs, Desires, and Talents

Week 2, Day 3

Dr. Allen Hunt is a nationally known speaker, bestselling author, teacher, former mega-church pastor, and convert to Catholicism. His books include Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church, Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody, and Nine Words: A Bible Study to Help You Become the Best-Version-of-Yourself.. Allen and his wife, Anita, live in Atlanta and have two grown daughters.

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I went to high school in Lakeland, Florida. And several years ago, Bill Henry died, down in Lakeland. And for years Bill had been telling his friends and his family about his major league career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox back in the 1950s and the 1960s.

He shared with them about being in the All-Star game and what it was like to appear in the World Series. And when Bill died, all those details were in his obituary. And one Boston Red Sox fan read the obituary and noticed discrepancies between the obituary and what he actually knew to be true about the real Bill Henry, who pitched for the Red Sox. Who, by the way, happened to turn out to be alive and well, living in Texas.

The Lakeland, Florida, Bill Henry was an imposter. He had the same name, but he had been trying to lead somebody else’s life.

At some point we all ask, “what’s the best way to live?” “What does that look like?” And really most importantly, “what does that look like for me?”

I think it doesn’t mean trying to lead somebody else’s life that we admire. But instead it means living a life that allows your needs, and your desires, and your talents to all live in harmony. Where you and I spend our days doing the things that we have a God-given talent for. Our basic needs are being attended to, and we’re filled with a passion for life. I like to call that, “living in the zone.” The zone that God intends you to be in.

And that’s unique to each one of us. We each have our own dreams and our own circumstances. We all have our own unique vitality and love of life. But we all want to know who we are. Who you are and why you’re here. And it takes time to discover that . . . it doesn’t happen overnight. And usually, we discover that by doing.

Tomorrow we’re going to hear from Jennifer about how God has placed desires on her heart to help her discover the best way to live.

What is the best way to live? We have seen the connection between our legitimate needs and our deepest desires; our unique talents hold the missing key. The challenge is for each of us to create a lifestyle that will allow our needs, desires, and talents to live in harmony. This dynamic collaboration is the key to living a life of unimagined balance, peace, and prosperity.

To go deeper into this topic, check out Part 2, Chapter 4 (“Harnessing the Power of Our Needs and Desires”) and Chapter 5 (“Everybody Is a Genius”) in Matthew Kelly’s book The Rhythm of Life.

Focus

The best way to live is to balance our needs, our deepest desires, and our talents.

Act

Recognize your legitimate needs, your deepest desires, and your unique talents.

Pray

Jesus, I know you have an incredible dream for my life. Help me to seek the best way to live in every aspect of my life.


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