The first I ever heard of a bucket list was when we went to see the movie by that title and featured two guys laying in the hospital and one kept talking about his bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died. It was an excellent movie that had some fun things that two old, sick men were able to do together to fulfill the bucket list.

Since that time I seem to always be hearing someone say that something is on their bucket list. Well, what are some things that are important enough in your mind that you want to make certain to do them before you die? I’ve met people that were so into adventure that they had fulfilled their list and were now making a new one so they could keep up with all they wanted to do.

One of the biggest things I’ve had on my bucket list has been to see all my children grow up, have good marriages, and all the grandchildren be devoted to God to bring up their own children in the Lord. It just seems to me if you can look out on your family and know that they are all trying to do God’s will in their lives and to bring up their families to do the same, that there couldn’t be much that was better than that.

Sure there are things I’ve had on the list that I would like to see in this world before I leave this life, some of which has been accomplished and some haven’t, but maybe some more of it will be fulfilled before life is over on this earth. It has aways been exciting to cross things off that I wanted to do or see such as seeing the Grand Canyon or spending some time in Sedona, Arizona. Probably the most exciting place to visit for me outside this country was Athens, Greece and the areas around it where the apostle Paul had preached the gospel and established churches.

As time has gone by, there are things that I’ve crossed off the list that just don’t excite me anymore and things that have been added to it that are meaningful to me now. Strangely, as time moves on the bucket list changes in its focus. Suddenly, it’s not nearly as much about things that relate to me and much more about things that relate to someone else and how I might be helpful to them. I’ve also, noticed that a whole lot of the list relates to things I just want to understand, much of it to do with Scripture or the creation of God that I don’t comprehend yet. My list has a lot to do with family, with things that my wife wants to do and with the church and some things I want to see accomplished in God’s church before I leave this world. I know that all of that is in God’s hands but I pray to see them happen anyway.

Ultimately, my bucket list today has tons more to do with the next life than with this one. I am anxious to see Jesus face to face and to see what kinds of bodies we will have in glory. I’m excited to think of what it will really be like to be in the presence of God and to have the God of heaven wipe away all tears from my eyes, to be in a place where there is no more pain, suffering, death, or separation.

The truth is if our bucket lists don’t have as a priority being right with God and ready to face him in judgment to hear his say, “Well done, you are a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many. Enter into the joys of your lord” then all the other things I may see or do that are on the list are of no value at all. Only what will last beyond the grave is ultimately worth anything at all.

I think it would be a great idea for everyone to not just make a bucket list of things you want to accomplish before you die, but to make certain what is on the list looks at the things that last beyond this life into eternity. Otherwise it has all be a waste of time and effort.

About leoninlittlerock

Preaching minister for Central church of Christ in Little Rock. Author of over 20 books including: When a Loved one Dies, Spiritual Development, Skid Marks on the Family Drive, Challenges in the church, To Know Christ and A Drink of Living Water.
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