In 2007 The Bucket List, a movie directed by Rob Reiner and starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson was a big hit, and remains so today. The two unlikely friends meet in a hospital room after being diagnosed with terminal illnesses. They both realize that they have unfulfilled desires and create a “bucket list” of things they’d like to do before they die. Leaving the hospital against their doctor’s advice, the men embark upon adventures that anyone would love to experience. From the Great Pyramids of Giza, to a lion safari in Tanzania, to flying over the North Pole, driving a Shelby Mustang, to laughing until you cry, the list is eclectic, but the one that is hardest to accomplish is reuniting Jack’s character with his estranged daughter. But Hollywood has a talent for making everything work out right, so obviously we know that the list is accomplished. (spoiler alert.)
When the movie came out many people created and embarked on their own bucket list and did many things they could’ve only dreamed about a few years earlier. Unfortunately money get in the way of many people’s dreams and the bucket list remains incomplete. But really does it need to be that way? It all depends on what your list contains.
I don’t know if I have a true bucket list of 100 items, but I certainly have a large number, and some that I still hope to accomplish. I’d love to parachute from a plane, but I’ve always said I would have to be thrown from the plane as I have an intense fear of heights. I’d love to travel to Australia and see one of the most unique environments in the world. I’d love, for just one day to live as a rich person without a monetary care in the world. I’d like to write a book (something that I really plan to accomplish), I’d like to complete my Canadian Province bingo card, with just Newfoundland and the northern territories incomplete. I have many more items on my list, but whether I get to them is still to be seen.
But the main item on my list, and that should be on everyone’s list is to keep an close and open relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and eventually spend eternity with Him in Heaven. A few years back, this item wasn’t a part of my life, but it was in God’s plan for me. He knew when the time was right and when I would be ready and receptive to His plan, and now its part of my plan too.
With that part of my plan underway, it caused me to add something to my bucket list that I may have already accomplished and not know it, or it may be still underway. I’d love to be able to plant a seed in someone’s mind and bring them into a close relationship with Jesus Christ too. This blog, my interactions with family and friends, and my church activities are all part of that bucket list item. I may never know if I can check that item off my list, but I can be forever hopeful that someone will find their way through something I have said or done.
Does God know whats in everyone’s heart? Of course He does, and I allow Him to guide me on my daily journey. At some point I expect Him to bring that person in contact with me at the very moment that they need and at that point the seed will be planted (or maybe its already occurred). That happened to me at a moment in my life when I needed God the most and that person reintroduced God to me and I began the true journey of my life and it continues today.
I may not accomplish all that my bucket list contains, very few of us will, but I hope to spend eternity with Jesus, and I hope to bring at least one more person along with me. Is that person you?
Do you have a bucket list? Is there something really special on that list that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it.
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