A life-changing bucket list

Saturday, I wrote this status update on Facebook:

working on a bucket list. Finally. Got five quart ice cream. gallon paint. five gallon paint. five gallon driveway sealer. five gallon roof sealer. five quart table scraps. What am I missing? There must be more.

I got lots of comments from friends.

I’ve never made a bucket list, a list of things you want to do before you die. It’s always seemed a little self-serving (no offense intended). That’s why I wrote that. But it started me thinking. What kinds of things would be amazing for a bucket list? What kinds of items would I feel inspired by having on a list?

Here are some examples that came to mind.

  • To give water to a village that is currently hauling it from a mile away
  • Every year, to save one family from starvation not by giving them food alone, but by giving them a new way of life .
  • Every five years , to build and endow an orphanage.
  • To develop an entire series of commentaries that will help people want to engage with the Bible, not by writing them alone but by helping people learn how to write about the Bible in a conversational, interactive way.
  • Over ten years to help ten people accomplish their God-given vision of giving their lives to helping other people. This includes helping with connections, with encouragement, with coaching, with scolding.
  • To eradicate hopelessness in one block of one town simply through acts of service and explanations of hope.
  • To always show up. Always.

This isn’t my bucket list, mind you. Any one of these could take a whole life. And would look pretty ordinary. It would look a lot like something God said to Micah:  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. 

What would you add?

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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  1. I appreciate this thread. God-sized dreams don’t usually involve doing crazy things that scream “look at me!” Sometimes RICH’S Ride makes me uncomfortable for that reason. You’re reminding me that my mission is to demonstrate that it’s possible to follow a God-sized dream, and that’s a good thing. But I need to say more clearly, and more frequently, that those dreams are usually the sort of quiet, ordinary things you listed above that really aren’t ordinary at all. I feel some blog posts coming…thanks.

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