What's On Your Bucket List

No, this is not a gloom and doom post saying something about it being too late to finish that bucket list. The only reason the virus got me to thinking about bucket lists is, I’ve heard more talk of them in the past week than I have since the 2007 movie The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson left theater screens. Before that, I didn’t that I had ever heard the term “Bucket List.”

If I really thought I needed to talk about, “You better hurry and finish that Bucket List,” I would be breaking a theological tenat I have followed my whole career. Jesus said, “No one knows the day or the hour except the Father.”

I would respond a question about my opinion of the end time, my response is always, “If you knew the end would come tomorrow would you live your life any differently today? If the answer is yes, you need to change the way you live because truly for you, for any of us, for all of us, the end could come tomorrow, or even today”

Also, if somehow one of us tripped over our own shoelaces and stumbled onto the day and hour, it would mean God would have to change it because someone besides the Father knew the day or hour.

One more thing about this and I will move on to something hopefully more fun. I DO NOT THINK COVIT-19 IS THE END. Could I be wrong? Sure. Remember, no one knows the day or the hour.

So, what is on your bucket list? Like I said above, I may have lived a sheltered life, I didn’t know about bucket lists, didn’t know the meaning of the term, and had never given a thought to it before the movie. I have thought about it since. You can see two things that would be on mine if I actually had one. I don’t have a bucket list. I have a “Things I Would Like to Do List.”

“Preacher you splitting hairs. It’s the same thing.

No, really it isn’t. There two things on this list that I even slightly feel my life would be incomplete if I didn’t check them from my list. I am no hard-pressed to go get these things done. When its time, its time and I know where my future rests.

So, that being said, Here is my “Things I Would Like to Do List.” Because, for the most part I don’t give these things a priority.

  • Be the bass singer in a Southern Gospel Quartet
  • Fly on a helicopter
  • Visit all 50 states (current total = 40 plus D.C. and Puerto Rico)
  • Learn to Fly
  • Learn to Scuba Dive
  • Fly on a Hot Air Balloon
  • Visit Crater Lake and Yosemite Again
  • Go to Norway and See Fjords Again
  • Go Back to Lake Silence
  • Go Back to England (this time for a John Wesley tour)
  • Paul’s Journey’s Tour
  • Go to the Holy Land

There are 11 things on that list. They all have significance to me but I also know several will not happen. My inner-ear condition will not let me scuba-dive. It may even knock some others from the list. Getting to Lake Silence would make it difficult. Still, I don’t have to do them for my life to be complete, but I would like to do them.

I do have one more list. I do call it a bucket list, I’m not sure why but I do. These are things I would really like to do in my life. Again, like my previous list, some will likely never happen. Still, I still would love to do it. Here is the list:

  • Preach from every book of the New Testament – Still need Galatians, 2 Peter, 3 John, Jude
  • Read the entire Bible again
  • Visit the Holy Land
  • Preach in one of the major chapels – National Cathedral, Navy Academy Chapel, Air Force Academy Chapel, West Point Chapel
  • Mission trip for clean water – Haiti or other country with water issues
  • Paul’s Travels Tour
  • Spend a full day praying and fasting
  • Keep a Journal for at least a year
  • Write my autobiography
  • Read the Works of John Ortberg
  • Wesley’s England Tour
  • Read a Biography of John Wesley

This list, in one way, is much like the other lists. It is very fluid but stays at about this length. When I complete one, I usually have another ready to go on the list. Much like the last list, some I will likely never complete. I will probably never get to preach in one of those chapels unless somebody can pull some strings I don’t have. But, to be honest with myself, that one is far more about me than it is about spiritual growth or doing something for God. It is just something I’ve dreamed about since I became a pastor.

I don’t know that I will ever be able to spend a day in prayer and fasting. I am diabetic. When I don’t eat it sometimes plays out in my blood sugar. We will have to see.

Until I started working on this post I didn’t realize I only had four New Testament books left to fulfill that goal. I need to get to work on that one.

For me though, the things that go on these lists shouldn’t be bucket lists but lifetime lists. Most of us couldn’t afford to go to England, Greece, The Holy Land, even over 10 years, so we go and then save a while and go again.

I feel pretty sure that your list is about like mine, at least that second one, “Things I Would Like to Do.? Do you have the last one, a spiritual bucket list. If you don’t have that, you need to give it some thought and prayer. What do you want to do for God?

Have a blessed Evening.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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