The Bucket List

This morning one of the men with whom I have the joy of engaging in a weekly mentoring relationship mentioned that he had just checked off one of those aspirations on his “bucket list.”  While he and his wife were vacationing in Florida, a hurricane threat arose over the Gulf of Mexico, churning up 6-10 feet high waves that gave him the opportunity to ride his surf board on the Gulf Coast.  And my friend was able to check off that specific dream from his bucket list.

Three years back a movie titled The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, was released that provoked lots of thought, especially among those middle-aged and older (those old enough to see that there can be an end in sight to this earthly life).  I remember that just for fun, my late wife, Linda, and I sat down and created our own bucket list after watching the movie.  A year later she became terminally ill and passed away before any of those items on our list were ever checked off.

It reminds me of the words of James 4:12-15: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow, we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”

Bucket lists tend to represent our own personal dreams and aspirations about travel and unique experiences and milestones we would like to achieve.  We perceive that if we can fulfill most items on our list, we will have lived a wonderful and adventurous life.  Yet James reminds us that we need to focus upon today, and especially as today relates to the Lord’s will for us.  His plans are always the best plans, even as His ways are always the highest ways.

Perhaps #1 on our bucket lists ought to be something like this: To live today to the fullest by faith, in the power of the Holy Spirit, unto the glory of God!

by Bob Page, Senior Pastor