Last weekend some friends and I were hanging out and one of them asked what was on my bucket list. If you’re not familiar with a bucket list, it’s a list of things you want to do before you die or ‘kick the bucket’. Lots of people have them, in fact I even found this website that helps you come up with and track your bucket list. There was a movie in 2007 about it and, although I haven’t seen the movie, everyone says it was great and I believe them. I’ve seen lots of people with Pinterest boards dedicated to their bucket list and Tumblr’s with loads of festive memes all describing the bucket list goals. I love goals and checking things off of lists so normally this would be right up my alley. In theory, having a bucket list helps you to be more adventurous and take time to enjoy life and not just let it pass you by. That sounds like a really great idea. There’s nothing wrong with having a bucket list and I can see some serious advantages to having one.
But I don’t have a bucket list. And I’m not going to make one.
Yes, there are absolutely things that I want to do in my lifetime. I want to walk on the Great Wall of China, live in a cabin or cottage, write a book, go shopping in Paris, walk through Rome. I’d like live somewhere foreign for a while and learn another language. I’d like to be someone’s wife and someone’s mom. But if I never do any of it that’s fine with me. If all I ever do in this life is live alone in the little towns and suburbs of Texas that will be a very good life.
I have let go of the notion that life has to look a certain way to be extraordinary. I think the extraordinary can be masked in very mundane and seemingly ordinary things. But that isn’t why I don’t have a bucket list.
I think you have to live every day to the fullest and enjoy each moment because each one has something unique and beautiful to offer and show you. I don’t need a list to remind me to appreciate the wonders of this life. But that isn’t why I don’t have a bucket list.
I don’t think there is anything more glorious on this earth than the amazing things we will see when we are with God. I don’t think that there is something so precious on this earth that if I don’t squeeze it in before I die I will have lived an incomplete life. But that isn’t why I don’t have a bucket list.
I don’t have a bucket list because I’m not running out of time. I don’t have an expiration date. My clock is not counting down to zero. I’m not running out of time.
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.
~John 3: 16
Don’t mistake me. I figure I’ll get old and my body will shut down. Or that I’ll get sick. Or that I’ll get hit by a bus. Or something else will happen and my heart will stop beating, my lungs will stop filling with air, and my brain will stop firing off neurons. I’m sure I’ll die.
I just don’t think that’s the end of it.
But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, you have the consequence of a holy life, and the outcome is eternal life. The wages that sin pays are death, but God’s gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~Romans 6: 22-23
I believe that I serve a God who conquered sin and death so that we might live forever. Every moment is precious in life because life is precious. Because life is full of wonder, joy, beauty, and love. I don’t think I’ll float around on some fluffy white cloud forever and I’m not waiting to die to start living. This life is wonderful and beautiful right now and I believe I can be a part of building God’s kingdom on Earth right now. I believe that God created this world to be good. I believe that He is going to restore it to all it’s goodness one day. And I believe I will have all of eternity to see and do all of the good things that God has created for us to do.
I don’t have a bucket list because I’m not going to kick the bucket. I’m not running out of time.