The Bucket List Is Nothing New!

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According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a bucket list is, “a list of things that one has not done before, but wants to do before dying.” What comes to your mind when you hear bucket list?

For some people, that bucket list consists of travel to an exotic foreign country or the thrill of doing something crazy (to the rest of us) like skydiving or bungee jumping. Others have it in their hearts to self-publish a book including their devotions (this is on my bucket list), life stories, hobbies, or passions. The inspiration for bucket lists can seem endless!

My dear friend and fellow blogger Donna Cronk (www.donnacronk.com) has turned her bucket list of opening a bed and breakfast in her hometown into two novels: Sweetland of Liberty (2014) and That Sweet Spot (to be published this year.) We dream, talk, and even write about our bucket lists.

The idea of a bucket list is nothing new. Examine this passage from Luke in the Bible and you will recognize the feelings evoked by the desire and the fulfillment of a bucket list item. Luke 2:25-32: Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Holy Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

The Holy Spirit placed that overwhelming desire in Simeon’s heart to see the Lord’s Christ before he died. Simeon fulfilled his bucket list by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s nudging. Simeon showed up at the temple with expectancy. He embraced his bucket list and praised God for granting his heart’s deepest longing. We hear the joy in Simeon’s response, “You now dismiss your servant in peace.” Paraphrasing in other words, “My bucket list is completed. I can die in peace now.”

What desires has God placed in your heart? Are you listening for the Holy Spirit’s confirmation to realize that dream in God’s perfect timing? Are you open to the new experiences that God wants to bless you with?

God gives us the possibility to dream big. Bring your heart to God and let Him transform you with a bucket list that will thrill and fulfill you. Like Simeon, a personal experience with the Lord’s Christ is to be at the top of the list!

Luke 1:27

For nothing is impossible with God.

 

Luke 18:27

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

 

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10 thoughts on “The Bucket List Is Nothing New!

    • Kathryne, I had some help. I was watching a PBS documentary when the narrator alluded to a verse in Scripture that professed, “I am so happy (in nature) that I could die.” It didn’t ring a bell, so I tried to google it. Eventually, Luke 2 popped up. At the same time I was thinking about bucket lists from talking with my friend Donna about her soon-to-be published book. Linking those two separate thoughts inspired the post. I love when the Holy Spirit reveals Scripture to us in a fresh and surprising way!

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    • Spring does have that affect on us: the expectancy of newness and the beauty of growth unfolding! The past couple of years have seen you cross off some big items on your bucket list! It has been fun to enjoy your journey Donna!

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  1. Sorry I have not been in contact Debbie but my Internet and Land line were disconnected for most of this month, hopefully I can now do some catching up.

    God tells us Debbie that when we search for Him with all our Heart we will find Him and Jesus tells us to Ask, Seek and Knock, He does not force us to do His will or does He Zap us so we will, He does not want Puppets. When we ask we receive as the Scripture confirms ( Psalm 51) Also what we focus on will be reflected in what we think and as we think so will our actions follow.

    Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he KJV)

    Philippians 4:6-8 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by Prayer and Supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    I have one Heart wish Debbie or Bucket desire which I’m aiming for and that is to be Perfected in Love, which will happen now, not after I die, having put my Carnal flesh to death by The Spirit and than being Born Again of God’s seed and not corruptible seed (1John3:9 – 1Peter1:23 ) I will walk as Jesus walked on this earth.

    1 John 4:17-19 Herein is our Love made Perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love; but Perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

    “Christ”ian Love Always- Anne.

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    • Annie, Glad to have you back online! I missed you and wondered if you were doing okay. I know my writing ebbs and flows with the busyness of life.
      What a wonderful bucket list item you have: to be perfected in love according to God’s will in His word!

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  2. “B… List” always irritated my ears. I wouldn’t categorize S’s longing to see the Christ as an item for the Bucket in the way we use the word nowadays because his was a desire to behold God’s living promise. We draw up the list for our personal gratification or sense of accomplishment.

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    • Diana, Thank you for your thought-provoking comment. You are right, we think of bucket lists as the crazy or unexpected things we always wanted to do and then realize that if we don’t do them soon, we will miss the opportunity!

      I find the contrasts between Scripture’s and the world’s perspective interesting and insightful. As a Christian, there is only one thing that can satisfy our deepest longing: “to behold God’s living promise” face-to-face for eternity! The book of Revelation takes us into the throne room with a glimpse of God’s fulfillment.

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