What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

What’s On YOUR Bucket List?

People have desires. They want what they can’t have, or there’s been no opportunity to follow their dreams. Daily life interferes.

According to Irish myth, if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll regain his freedom by granting you three wishes. This universal yearning to make wishes come true is what made The Bucket List, a 2007 movie, so popular. The plot in a nutshell: two terminally ill old men (Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman) take a road trip and try to accomplish all the things they’ve always wanted to do before they “kick the bucket.”

By my definition, a bucket list contains actions and events that men and women passionately want to experience before they die. Human desires range from serious items like Nicholson’s “help a complete stranger for the good,” to adventures of world travel, to the silly: Freeman’s “laugh until I cry.”

A local radio show recently broadcast a discussion between the hostess and guests as to what was on their bucket lists. One wanted to wanted to own a potbellied pig; another wanted to travel to Holland (Michigan) during tulip season. Personally, I’ve seen Holland (Europe) in tulip season and can’t imagine the scenery is even more beautiful in the state to my north, but…maybe I should add that to my bucket list.

Oh. My bucket list? I don’t have one. It’s not that I’m a person who can say “been there, done that” for every human experience and desire under the sun. There are things I’d like to do, places I’d like to explore, but I haven’t made a list. Nothing’s been important enough. Maybe I’ve learned to be content in every situation (Philippians 4:11).

So I’ve been asking myself a philosophical question. Am I a boring stick-in-the-mud because I don’t feel passionate enough to name any experience to a bucket list, or are bucket lists a reflection of our self-absorbed society? I guess the definitive answer is, “it depends.”



In the film, Nicholson’s final item to be checked off is, “witness something truly majestic,” which by Hollywood’s interpretation, is to view the world from the top of a mountain in the Himalayas. Not bad. The heart of every man leaps into worship when gazing upon God’s magnificent creation (Romans 1:19-20), but the only item I would place on my bucket list goes beyond the awe-inspiring panorama of the highest mountains on earth. I, too, want to “witness something truly majestic,” but I can’t cross it off my list until after I die.

I want to see Jesus in all His glory, an experience that my frail, human frame cannot endure. I’ll have to wait until I arrive in heaven.

In the meantime, I will live here quietly, content to do whatever pleases Him. I will praise Him. Magnificent Creator. My personal Savior. My Lord.

About Linda Sammaritan

For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher and crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” Newly retired, Linda keeps the freezer packed with homemade take-out meals for her full- time working husband when she travels to visit children, grandchildren, siblings, and Mom. Read more about her faith and writings at www.lindasammaritan.com.


  1. Linda, I liked your post and have the same goal as you in seeing Jesus. Must admit one thing I really have wanted to do is see Russia, particularly Siberia. Would you believe instead God has sent me a Russian neighbor from whom I have learned more about Russia than I could possible have from a trip! Fun and so God.

  2. Thanks, Jude. Great example about God giving you a heart’s desire in an unexpected way. Travel is one of those things I’d like to do, especially throughout the western United States. I’ve only flown over it. A long “back roads” trip when I’ve fully retired from teaching would be a lot of fun for me.

  3. Janet K Brown says:

    It sure doesn’t get more majestic than getting a glimpse of God’s glory! Yes, & amen.

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