Bucket List

“Bucket List” refers to a list of things people long to do or see or accomplish before they die. Marvel at Victoria Falls, hike the Grand Canyon, skydive, travel to every continent, attend a World Cup Final – the lists are as varied as the people who assemble them. The goal? To accumulate memorable experiences as one would fill a bucket with strawberries. 
 
ImageWhat would a Christian bucket list look like? Of course you would start with a bucket. But here is the question. Would it be turned upright to accumulate the most desirable experiences possible or would it be turned upside down to pour goodness throughout the communities we live in?
 
“God has given each of you a gift from His variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10
 
“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard.You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”  Acts 20:35
 
“After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, ‘Do you understand what I was doing?…And since I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.” John 13:12, 14
 
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
 
I love the prayer of Mychal Judge (former chaplain of the Fire Department of New York who died on 9/11 in the World Trade Center).
     “Lord, take me where you want me to go
    Let me meet who you want me to meet
    Tell me what you want me to say
    And keep me out of your way”
 
The fulness of life’s journey consists not so much of our abilities, but what God can do through us.
 
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