Tough to get the movie, The Bucket List, out of my head , remembering crusty Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman checking off their list before checking out.
Blame it on yesterday’s adult Sunday School class, and classmate Paul’s suggestion of a “spiritual bucket list.” Our teacher, Dr. Jack Davis from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, walked us through “The High Priestly Prayer” of Jesus in John 17.
Christ prays for himself; for protection, unity, purpose and joy for the disciples and for us.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for ALL who will ever believe in me because of their testimony.”(v.20 NLT)
That’s really Good News but my biggest takeaway from yesterday was Jack’s question.
“What’s God’s short list for each of us?
The Westminster Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?”
The chief purpose of every person, ” to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Jesus states,”I brought glory to you (the Father) here on earth by doing everything you told me to do.”(v. 4 NLT) Jack reminded us that Jesus didn’t heal all sick, feed all hungry, right all wrongs.
Jesus had a short list.
#1 To Die.
We’ve long lists, compounded by videos, texts, appeals through social media and relationships. We struggle with cluttered minds, schedules and houses.
Tough knowing when to say,”No” or “Yes.”
To inform our choices, Jack recommended a book: Essentialism by Greg McKeown, “the disciplined pursuit of less.” It’s not about reducing clutter, but making better choices, “where to spend our precious time and energy.”
It’s Monday and my list for today and goals for the week loom large.
I need help, Lord of Time.
Today’s list includes: RED SOX Home Opener.
God, I sure hope you like baseball.
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