Visit Alaska and see the Northern Lights, ride in a dog sled and see whales.
Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.
Become fluent in a foreign language.
These are only a few of the things on my bucket list. I never thought I would have a bucket list but as I grow older I’ve begun to think about the things that I would like to do in my life. When we got our orders for Cairo, Egypt, so many people talked about that place being on their bucket list. Visiting, much less living in, Egypt was never on my radar of things I had to do in my life. And yet, there I was, in a land of a thousand minuets thanking God for the opportunity to be there.
Often bucket lists make people think of immortality. A list of things you want to do before you die. But I see it differently. I look at it as a list of dreams, hopes, and opportunities. And the list is open-ended.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is the giver of opportunity. God is the deliverer of hope. There are dreams and hopes and a future that I cannot even imagine but that God has already planned for my family and I.
As 2012 comes to a close, instead of thinking of a list of resolutions, I am dreaming of what God is going to do in my life in the New Year. My eyes are wide open and I wait in great anticipation of what the Great I Am has in store for my family and I.
Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some of your dreams and goals? Has there ever been something that wasn’t on your list (like my Egypt assignment) but the event or opportunity was a blessing in surprise? Leave a comment and tell me about it.
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