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.