Rethinking the Bucket List

Rusty Old Bucket by Erlomo on FlickrHave you ever considered making a bucket list.  I know that I have.  In fact, I’ve written about that in the past.

But one thing about bucket lists (or at least mine) bothers me: they’re so often self-centered.  They’re about achieving and experiencing more than doing and serving.  And they’re usually “far-off” things.  The kinds of things we think of as a destination rather than a part of a journey.

Today I was reading “Why I Hope to Die Empty” on Michael Hyatt‘s blog that turned my idea of a bucket list on its head.  Maybe the goal of a bucket list isn’t so much about doing a bunch of stuff before I kick the bucket.  Maybe it’s about realizing how full God has already filled my bucket and taking advantage of every opportunity to empty my bucket in service to those around me.  To share my journey with others without worrying whether I ever receive anything in return.

Honestly, I’m not sure that I do this very well.  God has greatly blessed me but I so often want to hold things back.  Lord, help me to pour myself out in service!

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Dialogue With God – Guy Appéré

Dialogue with God Every once in a while I like to go back and reread a book. Dialogue With God (Amazon link) is one of the books I’ve read several times. It’s a small book – maybe 75 pages or so – written back in the 1970′s by Guy Appéré.

Guy does a great job of explaining why we pray and putting that as well as our whole lives into perspective based on God.  He looks at the wonderful, unique relationship between God and humanity.  His approach is simple, complete, and practical.

I’m now on my third reading because it helps me reset my perspective on prayer and on my life with God.

I’m sure there’s plenty on your list of reading.  There sure is on mine.  But if  you’ve never read Dialogue With God, I’d sure recommend that you do. It’s helped me. Maybe it will help you.