If you Google “bucket list” you will find the following definition:
bucket list (noun informal)
- a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.
e.g. "making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list"
Many people have some sort of bucket list. Sadly in our affluent society most lists would be very self- centred and self gratifying. On television quiz shows, when contestants are asked what they would do with the money if they won it, the majority wish to use it to travel overseas.
Many young people take time off to travel overseas before ‘settling down’; many retirees (or near to being retirees) spend a lot of time on planes, trains, coaches, cruises, camping or caravanning.
Now there is nothing wrong with any of these things. But I do wonder if we were asked to write out our bucket list, how much it would include things which we want to accomplish in our lifetime – for God and for His son, Jesus.
Maybe it would be a good exercise to write a list. To try and include in it things we have never done in our service for God, or things we might like to do better. Maybe we would have to be prepared to step outside our comfort zone. But why not? Has God ever held back in giving us all we need, including the life of His son? Hasn’t Christ given his all for us?
(The Message) So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.(Romans 12:1)
(The Message) Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.(Colossians 3:16)