No, this is not a gloom and doom post saying something about it being too late to finish that bucket list. The only reason the virus got me to thinking about bucket lists is, I’ve heard more talk of them in the past week than I have since the 2007 movie The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson left theater screens. Before that, I didn’t that I had ever heard the term “Bucket List.”
If I really thought I needed to talk about, “You better hurry and finish that Bucket List,” I would be breaking a theological tenat I have followed my whole career. Jesus said, “No one knows the day or the hour except the Father.”
I would respond a question about my opinion of the end time, my response is always, “If you knew the end would come tomorrow would you live your life any differently today? If the answer is yes, you need to change the way you live because truly for you, for any of us, for all of us, the end could come tomorrow, or even today”
Also, if somehow one of us tripped over our own shoelaces and stumbled onto the day and hour, it would mean God would have to change it because someone besides the Father knew the day or hour.
One more thing about this and I will move on to something hopefully more fun. I DO NOT THINK COVIT-19 IS THE END. Could I be wrong? Sure. Remember, no one knows the day or the hour.
So, what is on your bucket list? Like I said above, I may have lived a sheltered life, I didn’t know about bucket lists, didn’t know the meaning of the term, and had never given a thought to it before the movie. I have thought about it since. You can see two things that would be on mine if I actually had one. I don’t have a bucket list. I have a “Things I Would Like to Do List.”
“Preacher you splitting hairs. It’s the same thing.
No, really it isn’t. There two things on this list that I even slightly feel my life would be incomplete if I didn’t check them from my list. I am no hard-pressed to go get these things done. When its time, its time and I know where my future rests.
So, that being said, Here is my “Things I Would Like to Do List.” Because, for the most part I don’t give these things a priority.
- Be the bass singer in a Southern Gospel Quartet
- Fly on a helicopter
- Visit all 50 states (current total = 40 plus D.C. and Puerto Rico)
- Learn to Fly
- Learn to Scuba Dive
- Fly on a Hot Air Balloon
- Visit Crater Lake and Yosemite Again
- Go to Norway and See Fjords Again
- Go Back to Lake Silence
- Go Back to England (this time for a John Wesley tour)
- Paul’s Journey’s Tour
- Go to the Holy Land
There are 11 things on that list. They all have significance to me but I also know several will not happen. My inner-ear condition will not let me scuba-dive. It may even knock some others from the list. Getting to Lake Silence would make it difficult. Still, I don’t have to do them for my life to be complete, but I would like to do them.
I do have one more list. I do call it a bucket list, I’m not sure why but I do. These are things I would really like to do in my life. Again, like my previous list, some will likely never happen. Still, I still would love to do it. Here is the list:
- Preach from every book of the New Testament – Still need Galatians, 2 Peter, 3 John, Jude
- Read the entire Bible again
- Visit the Holy Land
- Preach in one of the major chapels – National Cathedral, Navy Academy Chapel, Air Force Academy Chapel, West Point Chapel
- Mission trip for clean water – Haiti or other country with water issues
- Paul’s Travels Tour
- Spend a full day praying and fasting
- Keep a Journal for at least a year
- Write my autobiography
- Read the Works of John Ortberg
- Wesley’s England Tour
- Read a Biography of John Wesley
This list, in one way, is much like the other lists. It is very fluid but stays at about this length. When I complete one, I usually have another ready to go on the list. Much like the last list, some I will likely never complete. I will probably never get to preach in one of those chapels unless somebody can pull some strings I don’t have. But, to be honest with myself, that one is far more about me than it is about spiritual growth or doing something for God. It is just something I’ve dreamed about since I became a pastor.
I don’t know that I will ever be able to spend a day in prayer and fasting. I am diabetic. When I don’t eat it sometimes plays out in my blood sugar. We will have to see.
Until I started working on this post I didn’t realize I only had four New Testament books left to fulfill that goal. I need to get to work on that one.
For me though, the things that go on these lists shouldn’t be bucket lists but lifetime lists. Most of us couldn’t afford to go to England, Greece, The Holy Land, even over 10 years, so we go and then save a while and go again.
I feel pretty sure that your list is about like mine, at least that second one, “Things I Would Like to Do.? Do you have the last one, a spiritual bucket list. If you don’t have that, you need to give it some thought and prayer. What do you want to do for God?
Have a blessed Evening.
Seeking the Genuine,
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