The Bucket List

The concept of a bucket list is pretty well known. It is a list of experiences or achievements that a person seeks to fulfill before they kick the bucket.[1] There was a movie made a few years ago staring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman entitled The Bucket List. They played characters who had been diagnosed with cancer so they decided to “see the world” before they died.

While I am in favor of living life to the full; embracing adventure and experiencing amazing things, I challenge the notion of having a bucket list. I think it is unfriendly to Scripture. As children of God who have been gifted with eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ we have an eternal perspective. With an eternal perspective we don’t really believe that we have to cram all the fun possible into this short life do we? If you know the goodness of God and really believe in eternal life a bucket list doesn’t make much sense.

As children of God we are to live with a sense of purpose and urgency. Our lives must consist of more than the pursuit of happiness. We are to live our earthly lives for the will of God.[2] You and I can’t do everything this world has to offer and do the will of God. There simply isn’t enough time and we don’t have enough energy. We have to say no to some things so that we can do a few things well.

Does the will of God include enjoying the things of this life? Sure it does. God wants us to enjoy life, but within the context of our relationship with him and our pursuit of him. Should we have fun and pursue adventure? Absolutely.[3] Yet, the mission of God must be paramount. Remember the words of the Apostle Paul. He said, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”[4]

[1] That is, “die.”

[2] 1 Peter 4:1-2

[3] I’m going to save things like high altitude climbing and flying with a wingsuit to a time when death isn’t a strong possibility.

[4] Phil 1:21

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4 Responses to The Bucket List

  1. John Meyer says:

    Seems to me if a person want’s some death defying excitement, serving Christ soon may be closest to being the greatest endeavor. I may be looking ahead 3 or more years from now. It is becoming increasingly possible, we as christians will be in violation of the law, if we follow the Gospel of Christ Jesus. It seems a stretch, but recent comments by quite a few politicians, that we must view the bible less fundamentally to conform to the needs of other beliefs. (I’m even quoting that mildly). This thought is also reflected by major religious denominations. Laws affecting morality are already changing, where they affect Christians who do business with the public. The freedoms we kept as fundamental that allow us to uphold God’s word in our Lives in the public and at work. They are being slowly eroded by those who make the laws of the land. Pretty soon there will likely be civil disobedience laws to go with it. So our surrounding world is being turned slowly upside down toward carnality where sin is called Not sin.

    (ESV) Isa 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    V:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!

    The upside down world is increasing in its carnal lawlessness with laws that go against God’s word. Probably not totally unheard of in this life under the sun, still unwelcomed. The Spirit is impressing on me to wage a spiritual battle that would confound a dreamt up bucket list, (I would likely not do anyway) as being demure in comparison. I’m not opposed to enjoying my last days with some rest and excitement. As when I pray, in the Spirit see spiritual enmities and principalities deluding the hearts of men and women to compromise His Word. I must ask the Lord in Humility to use me in some way to resist what Satan is doing to deceive many by false doctrine and just plain calling sin in the church something to be conformed to meet other peoples beliefs. My purest form of enjoyment and pleasure is to see The Spirit move in the hearts of unbelievers to come to the knowledge of the truth in Jesus Christ. That Brother is my Whole bucket full of Joy and the list of people are endless.

    • Brent Kimball says:

      We are living in serious days no doubt. We need to be alert and live solely for the Lord. Let’s remember, as we have learned from Eccl., that living for the Lord includes enjoying a good meal with friends. Sometimes we can get so fired up over the things that are happening in the world that we lose sight of everyday life and get out of balance in our spiritual focus.

      • john9113 says:

        Agree to not throw out the baby with the bath water. In saying that the baby is the focus on the things I know are in line with His love for us as a family in Gods family. Seeking things above here on earth. Agreeing that my own bucket list is tied to God’S purpose helps me and wife keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. From faith to faith and Glory to Glory.

      • Brent Kimball says:

        Hi John. Well said. If one’s bucket list is for the glory of God I can go with it (vs. living a narcissistic thrill seeking existence). Throw out the bath water. Keep the baby.

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