Have you seen the movie, Bucket List?
It’s about two strangers who meet in a hospital room, decide to leave (against their doctor’s advice) and strike out on an adventure together, checking off a list of things they want to do before they “kick the bucket.” It’s a fun movie, and it’s definitely made its mark on our society, because now, when you just say, “bucket list,” everyone knows exactly what you mean.
Here’s the thing. I’ve always felt just a tad guilty for even saying “bucket list.” It seems like it elevates earthly pleasures to the be-all, end-all, and diminishes the fact that there’s even better to enjoy after we kick the bucket! As in, heaven. I love lists: To-do lists, grocery lists, lists of books to read. You name it – I love a good list! But I want to stay mindful of this:
Absolutely nothing we see or enjoy on this earth will compare with what we will see and enjoy in heaven.
Ain’t no man-made bucket list that will come close. No eye has even seen anything that is as fabulous as what is awaiting us! It will be all good. Just think of that. ALL GOOD. Nothing bad, sad or mad. ALL GOOD.
And yet, here we are for a time, truly wired by God to set goals and complete them. If we line our thinking up with his, we can know that somehow the thrill we get at completing goals is a teensy bit what he experiences when checking off his creative list.
So, for now, here we are, in a two-bedroom apartment in downtown Austin – thankful and sometimes downright giddy. Mike says almost every day, “You live here, you know.” We’re not on vacation. We live here. Wow. What started as an idea grew to a goal, and now, we live here – where naked men ride bicycles and Congress meets down the street.
I never really thought I would like a cabinet with glass doors, but I think this combination of those two set of dishes I told you about looks good on display – and we’re using them. (Aly stood on a chair and stacked the rest of them delicately and lovingly, including those 22 cups and saucers, for me in a cabinet above the fridge.)
My beloved books are all here, too. Some are on shelves, and some are under the couch!
Do you have a “bucket list?” God has placed dreams and goals in our hearts, so go for it, remembering this:
Encouraging intentional adventure, all the way to heaven,