Back in October, I got the opportunity to scratch the first big thing off my bucket list: skydiving. My roommate was turning 22 and she wanted to jump out of a plane for her birthday. I couldn’t possibly say no to that. After the adrenaline-filled experience, I started thinking about some of the other items on my bucket list that I can’t wait to scratch off one day: travel to Australia, learn sign language, write a book. Eventually, I wound up thinking about other peoples’ bucket lists; specifically, I wound up thinking about what God yearns to accomplish before Judgment Day. I imagine His bucket list differs from ours in one aspect: He has only one item to accomplish.
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4
God wants to leave no man behind. He wants every heart, every soul, and every mind to come to know Him. He spends every second striving to see every child of His walk through the golden gates of Heaven one day. This realization is amazing. It reiterates just how wonderful of a Father He is. We may begin to stray and we may think there’s no turning back, but God’s goal to get us back never changes. The item at the top of His bucket list will never change no matter what path we may find ourselves on. His constant forgiveness – even after the worst of sins are committed – is the steady reminder that God loves each and every one of His children to no end. And He will not back down in the fight to capture the hearts of the world.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
All of this thinking about God’s Bucket List led me to start asking questions about the content of our own bucket lists. If God’s only item to accomplish is to save all the people of the world, shouldn’t our top priority be the same? Shouldn’t we work towards aiding God in accomplishing His goal by spreading His word every chance we can? Shouldn’t we help by taking part in missions and showing others what the love of God looks like? Our bucket list should look a lot more like God’s and a lot less like the rest of the world’s. I once heard the expression that “your life may be the only Bible some people read” and it resonated deeply. Our job – which should also be our goal – is to provide a living testimony and bring others closer to God. Sure, we can accomplish our personal goals, too. At the same time even. Follow your dreams, but take God with you. Take that dream vacation to Australia, but find someone that needs to hear about God’s love. Learn sign language, but use that new skill to preach the Gospel. Write a book, but don’t forget to recognize the Father that saw you through the writing process.
Above all, don’t leave God off your bucket list.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14
“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” 1 Timothy 4:13
“And you will say in that day: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.’” Isaiah 12:4
Jessica Hill lives in Auburn, Alabama where she attends Auburn University as a student in Mechanical Engineering and plays mom to her 3-year-old pup. With a big heart for those that are silently hurting due to her quiet battle with cancer, she strives to never forget Hebrews 13:1-2 “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” By keeping this close to her heart every day, she is constantly reminded to love others like God loves them, so they can see, through her, what kind of love is waiting for all of God’s children.
You can follow her story on her cancer, her faith, and the connection between the two on her personal blog at hcl1223.wordpress.com.