02 Aug “The Bucket List” by Kitty Holt
Several months ago I told one of my children that we would need to sleep overnight in an airport due to late arrival and early departure times. To my surprise, he told me that sleeping in an airport was on his bucket list (a “bucket list” is a list of things a person hopes to achieve during their lifetime). Besides wondering how many teenagers had a bucket list, and who in the world would have “sleeping overnight in an airport” on that list, I started pondering what was on my bucket list, and came up with the items below:
- Go to a place where the number of stars visible to the human eye is staggering, and capture it on camera.
- Visit the 15 states I have not yet visited (note: a layover in an airport does not count as having visited the state, according to the “All 50 states club”).
- Walk 100,000 steps in one day.
- Learn how to play piano (this would probably first entail learning how to read music…).
- Complete every hike in my Rhode Island hiking book.
As I look over this list, I know there is absolutely nothing wrong with these things. But I also know the most important thing anyone can do is to know Jesus Christ, and the most important thing on any Christian’s bucket list is to introduce people to Him.
In Philippians chapter 3, Paul is reciting some of his accomplishments. After a long list of what would be considered impressive accomplishments of his day, he then states, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Every thing on Paul’s “bucket list” – all of his accomplishments – were nothing compared to knowing Jesus. And Paul spent the rest of his life making Him known. May we do the same; each in the ways God has gifted us to do.