During the last few years this term has become popular as a list of things to get done before “kicking the bucket.” It has even been the theme of various movies, usually with a comical twist. In most cases the list consists of extreme dreams. Some examples might be to visit the seven wonders of the world or win the lottery or discover the cure for the common cold. It would make more sense to make a thimble list of achievable acts. Among those could be: climb Pike’s Peak, learn to play the piano, write a novel, travel to a foreign country, take a cruise, etc, etc.
What if Christians decided to make a bucket list or at least a thimble list? At the top should be to become more like Jesus. This might involve achievable acts such as: To help the poor, To teach others the gospel, To love our enemies, To be more forgiving, To pray more often, and on and on.
The bucket list should exceed our fondest dreams, in short, extreme dreams. Want to live in heaven? Check. (Mt 19:21) (Heb 12:23) Want to live forever? Check (I Thes 4:14) Want to see Jesus face to face? Check. (1 Jn 3:2) (Jn 14:1-4) Want to be like Christ? Check. (Rom 8:17) Want to see God the Father? Done. (Rev 21:3-4)
Before filling that bucket, however, one must make sure there are no leaks in it. Is the bucket designed by God or a rusty one full of the holes of one’s own preferences? Is that bucket made of grace and faith? (Eph 2:8) Is it forged with trust and obedience? (Acts 2:38) Let’s add prayer, (1 Th 5:17) (Jas 5:16) hope, (Rom 12:12) (Rom 15:4) and love. (Gal 5:13) (Mt 5:44) (1 Cor 13:13) Let each one be bucket-ready for those extreme dreams.