Many people have one but what exactly is a bucket list?
A few Sunday's ago my Sunday School teacher mentioned this term and I began to wonder what it is really. By definition it is: "A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime."
I once heard it said that a good writer knows the end of their story before the middle is written. Why? It helps them know where they headed.
A bucket list can help someone keep their goals in perspective and on course.
I must admit that after reading the definition I was intrigued with the thought "What should be on a Christian's bucket list; what achievements do we hope to accomplish in our lifetime?"
The apostle Paul gave us a glimpse into what was on his when he told the elders of the church of Ephesus that he desired to finish his course and ministry that was given him by his LORD(Acts 20:24) and in 2 Timothy 4:6 he tells his son in the faith that he completed his goal.
Christ told Zacchaeus that His goal was "to seek and to save that which was lost"(Luke19:10) and "it was finished" at the cross(John19:30).
Solomon tells us in the final stage of his life that the whole duty of man is to: "Fear God and keep his commandments" (Eccl 12:13).
The prophet Micah informs us that all God requires of us is to do justly, love mercy and walk humble with Him(Micah 6:8).
I think if I were to begin to write out a bucket list this would be a great start!
I do notice that although there are often similarities between people's bucket list's there are also specific things there that are unique to them; things they would like to do that no one else might. God is a God who loves to give us the desires of our hearts; take Simeon for example. He desired to see the Messiah before he died, it was on his bucket list you could say. God granted that desire (Luke 2:28-30).
You know what's great about a list? It does not have to been done all at once! It's there as a reminder of what is left to do or what you would like to do next.
We have someone who has set the example for us to follow and the writer of Hebrews tells us that we are "to lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily be beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Above all I want to be a follower of Christ and be a finisher for His glory!
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I am just an ordinary girl who is loved by an extraordinary God and I seek to love others the same way. I love to bake, read, do puzzles, watch Hallmark movies, and go shopping with my mom! This blog was created as a place where I could share some thoughts that the Lord has shown me and to be an encouragement to others who desire to know Him in a deeper way. My prayer is to learn to sit still and trust God with my future.