Confessions of an Anti-Bucket Lister

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I don’t have a bucket list. There, I said it. It’s not for lack of ideas or adventure; I just have a broader perspective. You see, I’m not planning on kicking the bucket.

I don’t know where you are with your beliefs about eternity, but mine are more sure than the air I breathe, which is why I don’t have a bucket list. When I die I’ll just be changing my address and, when I do, there’s not a single desire that won’t be fulfulled.

I googled “bucket list” I found a website called (no surprise there) where more than three million ideas are cited. Here’s a sampling: climb the Alps, see the great northern lights, go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, learn a new language, parasail, swim with dolphins, visit a volcano, vacation in a castle. This is how I see it:

Climb the Alps? Why do that now when the time will come when I can scale them with no tiredness, no shortness of breath, no arthritis, no aching muscles or calluses, no difficulty breathing in the high altitude, no fear of falling? I’ll enjoy the sure-footedness of a deer and be able to stand on the heights (Psalm 18:33), breathing deeply and seeing further than I could if I stood there today.

See the great northern lights? How about having the ability to walk it their midst, count the stars and know their names―whenever I like, not just now on a once-in-a-lifetime trip?

Go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef? I’ll wait until I can dive in without scuba gear, eyes wide open, ears hearing sounds that humans can’t now discern, and frolicking with the sea creatures.

Learn a new language? In Heaven it may well be that we’ll speak a new, unknown language but, if not, I expect to communicate in every language with a flawless accent and perfect diction―without a translation guide in my pocket.

Parasail? One day I’ll parasail without a parasail, floating through the air without fear of falling or dread of heights.

Swim with dolphins or visit a volcano? I’ll wait for the day I’ll not tire or need fins and be able to understand the dolphins’ language. I’ll stand on the edge of a volcano and let it’s awful majesty fill me with wonder without fearing its power or shrinking from its heat.

Vacation in a castle? I could write an entire post about this one! There is no luxury, no convenience, no furnishings, no gardens, no view that comes close to my heavenly home. Anyplace we now live is in the brevity of a vacation period and anything I desire here pales in comparison to the home that awaits me. Want to hear about it?

My front yard is ocean front with waves rolling and surf pounding; my backyard is forest and field with creatures that don’t fear my touch or do harm. They drink from the water in my yard, but I can’t decide if it’s a singing brook or a shimmering lake; I do believe there’s a waterfall in view. My imagination cannot stretch far enough to envision what’s inside the house, but I know what will not be found there—the radiators won’t hiss, the floors won’t creak, central air won’t be needed, my doors won’t be locked, the windows won’t need replacement, there won’t be ants in my kitchen or squirrels in my attic, and nothing will need renovation or fresh paint. People will gather and share and laugh, but never cry. The food will be tasty and healthy and the fellowship sweet.

That day is coming, of that I’m sure—so sure, that I don’t need the substandard dreams of a bucket list.


Check out Randy Alcorn’s website, eternal perspective ministry and read the post from July 22, 2016.



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. katiesweeting
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 16:21:25

    I really enjoyed this post. My mom died on Sunday, so I’ve been thinking a lot about life and death. This is well-timed.



  2. BarbaraRuglio
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 16:27:55

    Amen and amen. I totally agree. What can we ever do here that can compare with eternal paradise!



  3. Ellen Pelliccio
    Jul 26, 2016 @ 19:00:22

    I am such a fan of your writing (but you already knew that). I love imagining “what a day that will be” when we experience all that our heavenly Father is preparing for us. I am looking forward to spending hours reading under the bountiful Greek pistachio tree standing in my front yard.



  4. Marilyn Schryvers
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 12:11:21

    I enjoy your writings so much Barbara. This gave me a whole new perspective on bucket lists! Can’t believe it’s almost a year since our ECH
    reunion. So glad we got to meet again.



    • Barbara
      Jul 28, 2016 @ 21:17:05

      Thank you, Marilyn! Sometimes it seems like the reunion was so long ago. It was fun to meet up with old friends, especially you. We had so much fun in high school-sometimes too much!



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