Bucket List

I have a problem.  The problem’s name is Pinterest.  I am sure I am not alone in this problem.  It can be such a time sucker especially for people who like to try new things or have a creative mind or like a great idea.  I have more recipes and more projects on my boards than I have the time to make.  I have more home decorating ideas than I have money to make a reality in my house.  Yet, I still pin.

All that being said, I have really gotten some great ideas and wonderful recipes from Pinterest.  While I was on it the other night, I decided to make a new board and start my own bucket list.  I searched “bucket list” and began to pin.  I began to realize that the majority of my pins had a common theme.  My bucket list consists mostly of places I want to visit or travel.  I want to travel to Israel, Hawaii, go on a cruise, or go to London.  I would love to take the kids to see Washington, D.C. or New York.

Through all of my searching, I was also interested to see what other people had on their bucket list.  Some of these were things I had no desire to do such as buy a bus, fix it up, and travel across country with friends.  Another example would be to eat ice cream for a whole day or to meet the cast from a favorite movie.  No thank you to all.

As I looked trough lots of ideas for my bucket list, I was definitely struck by how many things I want to do.  I was also struck by how much I had already done in my life and how much I have to be thankful for.

There were entries such as meet and marry my soul mate.  Check.  Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  Check.  Go to Disney World. Check.  Have a daughter or a son.  Check, check, and check.  Tie dye something.  Check.  Ride a Zip line.  Check.  Buy a home.  Check.  Run a half-marathon. Check.  Ride in a limo.  Check. 

On and on, I looked and was struck not by what I haven’t done, but what I have.  I have been so very blessed.  I have had life given to me by my maker.  I was raised in a Christian home.  I met and married my soul mate.  I have healthy children.  I have a roof over my head, and I never lack food on my table.  I have a car to transport me to work or to play.  We don’t get to travel everywhere we want, but we get to go lots of places we do want to go.

I am often quoting part of Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) to my kids which says, “…be content with such as you have.”  They are often wanting a bigger popcorn bucket at the movie theatre or a large drink instead of a small when you get free refills.  I guess it is human nature to want more or to want the best.  That part is the flesh.  That part is really pride in ourselves or wanting only the best for ourselves.  I get it, and I am guilty of it too.  Surely, we all are if we are honest with ourselves.

When I look at the places I would like to go such as Hawaii or Australia or Hollywood, I have to look and see how blessed I am to have done what I have done, to have been given what I have been given, or to have what I already have.  I have had a truly blessed life and have been given so much already.  Whether I achieve what is on my bucket list or not, it doesn’t change the fact of where I will be traveling to in the end which will be to live in heaven with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Now, that my friends, will be a great trip indeed!

“Let your conversation be without covetousness;  and be content with such as you have.  For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.'”  Hebrews 13:5, NKJV

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