Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Bucket List

Having rented a car with Sirius Radio I indulged my "like" of talk radio on a road trip this summer. Because I don't live in either a metropolitan area or have satellite radio I don't often get my talk radio fix. But, on this trip I happily drove down the interstate to the sound of bantering voices. Through the maze of topics between the host and guests came this question, "So, what IS on your bucket list?" Hmmm - it dawned on me that I had been hearing this "bucket list" thing in various conversations. It's the newest expression of "what do you want to do before you die?"

Off and on for the past several weeks I've thought about my own "bucket list." But, then I got down to specifics and I wondered what would be on a "bucket list" for a Jesus follower. What are the spiritual disciplines that I would like to "master" in this life? Who do I want to become in Christ and what needs to be on my "bucket list" in order for me to grow into that reality?

For the next five days I'm going to work on a "bucket list" as a Jesus follower. Of course, each one will be based on a verse in the Bible because that is where the standards are found! They won't be in any particular order of importance because all of them are part of what will help me grow into the character that God designed. Perhaps you could send me some suggestions as well!

So, here goes! My first bucket list item is based on Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.

I pray. I ask. And, many times I receive but I have to admit that there are times my prayers lack the punch of  faith. I would like my life to be a life of prayer with no holding back faith. Now, I don't believe that whatever I pray for I'll receive. But, if my prayers center on becoming a whole person in Christ or my prayers seek after God's purpose and desire for myself or others, my faith, like the hemorrhaging woman (your faith has healed you--Mark 5:34) will bring it about.

Bucket Item: Learn how to be a woman of prayer with a faith to match!

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