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Reconsidering the Bucket List

By secretary | 08.19.15

Have you heard of a “bucket list?” The idea is to create a list of activities or objectives to accomplish before you pass from this life to the next. A lot of people have them. Maybe you have one yourself. I have created and recreated a few in my life. There are entire websites devoted to creating and sharing bucket lists. People plan entire trips, take vacations, and work for years to check things off their personal list of adventures. Often I would consult mine and realize I wouldn’t be able to cross anything off because I didn’t have the time, money, or the natural ability to do so.   Realizing I wasn’t the adventurer, world traveler, financial wizard, or free spirit that I dreamed to be was discouraging.

Recently a friend asked for some help in coming up with items that his list should consist of. The list of items that responding friends came up with made me think of Philippians 4:11-13 “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

These lofty goals we set for ourselves can give us tunnel vision that causes us to miss opportunities to serve. The high expectations that are not met can cause regret in a life that should be full of joy. Are our goals, God’s goals too? Are we content with what God gives us or are we selfishly concerned with our own checklist. Does your “bucket list” match up with what God expects from your life? He has given you the talents to accomplish much in your lifetime.


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