"The Bucket List"
February 20, 2012
(Jesus said) "But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33
Not so long ago there was a movie playing in theaters called, The Bucket List.
The title of the film dealt with some men who tried to check off all the things they wanted to do before they "kicked the bucket." If the expression is new to you, kicking the bucket is just another word for dying.
For a lot of reasons, most of us never expect to accomplish or fulfill all the dreams which are being indefinitely carried on our bucket lists.
That is not the case for a 55-year-old Butte, Montana, man named John C. Hughes. Hughes is a man who is pursuing his bucket list with a vengeance.
Let me explain: Hughes' bucket story begins with him following a police car for a few blocks. Then, without warning, he put the pedal to the metal, flew by the officer and headed for the highway.
The officer who followed him said Hughes reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, before his vehicle was brought to a stop outside Rocker, Montana. After his arrest Hughes shared the reason why he had risked life and limb. He said he had "always wanted" to be part of a police chase, and now he can take this item off his bucket list.
This leads me to ask what's on your bucket list?
It is my sincere hope that it is something more constructive and less life-threatening than Hughes' high-speed chase. It is my prayer your days will be spent pursuing something of greater value than that which endangers your life, the life of a policeman and a caboodle of innocents.
So, seriously, what's on your list?
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus suggests what should be at the top of everyone's list: "Seek first the Kingdom of God." Everything else needs to take a back seat to that. That's because when we have been made part of the family of faith through Jesus' blood-bought redemption the big stuff has been taken care of.
So, after that, what's on your bucket list? Would you allow me to suggest that while you have the most important item, others do not? Will you not commit yourself to encouraging one person ... just one ... to consider the Savior?
To reach a soul for the Savior, that, too, would be an item worth putting on your bucket list.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for sending Your Son to sacrifice Himself for my salvation is love beyond human understanding. Still, because of what He has done I am saved. May I share that truth with others? This I pray in my Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries