I used to have a pretty long bucket list, used to, past tense. I noticed that the longer my list got, the less contentment I felt in my day to day life. I was always preoccupied by possibilities and never engaged in the moment. It made me cranky and unsettled and restless. I failed to see the blessing in becoming. Somehow I thought that being content meant succumbing to complacency, and that couldn’t happen. Not in my world!
Over time, I have realized most (perhaps all) of the things on my bucket list really don’t matter. They were goals and destinations I desired mainly for me. My motivations were less than stellar and often selfish.
All of this introspection about my bucket list caused me to think about Christ. Did he have a bucket list? He was there when the world was created so a once in a lifetime excursion to the jungles of Asia wouldn’t be on it. A trip to the outer rings of Saturn is totally within the realm of possibility for him so I doubt travel would have been a big enticement. What about some exhilarating experience? Nope. Can anything really beat a life immersed with God? Again, nope. So was there anything that could have been on his bucket list? No. He accomplished everything he needed to do while he walked this earth. And the only thing he did was the will of the Father.
As I Christian, we are called to live like Christ and he lived a life poured out for God. He never sought after things or experiences that weren’t within the Father’s Will. He didn’t stack up selfish aspirations that made people envious of His end of life goals. He simply lived every day without regret knowing a life lived in obedience to God doesn’t leave room for worldly desires.
So my bucket list has grown considerably shorter. I’ll admit there are a lot of things I would like to do if the opportunity arises, but nothing so pressing that I would claim is an imperative-before-I-die item. Except one: live each day with the confident expectation that Christ is coming soon and there is still much to do. Focusing on the importance of now leaves little time to waste wishing on list of accomplishments that will die when I do.
It’s like a good friend told me recently, those things that we wish for in this world won’t matter in eternity so why not focus on the things that do?
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.