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I have recently become an advocate of what many call having a “bucket list.” It’s a list of goals and dreams of those things you would like to experience or accomplish before you die.
I don’t think that’s morbid. I encourage even teenagers to create a bucket list. If your going to accomplish anything in life other than the normal, mundane things then you must set goals. There are a few people in the world that success has just fallen into their lap. You know them, they worked hard but it helped that they were in the right place at the right time. Or they make millions because they are athletic. Most of us do not fall into that category.
I married young and had children young. Something that I’m very glad I did. I’m wealthy because of my family. My wife is awesome, my children are my delight and now there is a young man in my life, my grandson Jackson who at six weeks old already has me in the palm of his hand.
My profession is also a calling and has never been one that is financially lucrative. Pastors don’t get paid for overtime and do not make a commission. I am thankful that God choose me to preach His Word and to lead a flock. What an honor.
A bucket list for me is a list of dreams, mostly dreams that at present are out of reach. But that’s ok.
I’ve learned (the hard way) some rules concerning and bucket list.
1. Be careful whom you tell. Others might not understand and not be supportive and that can be hurtful and counterproductive.
2. Don’t get the cart ahead of the horse. I read a book recently by a well know motivational speaker who said take action. He said that once you make a decision that something is a dream to take action, massive action to put the wheels in motion. I took a very massive action to put the wheels in motion for one of the major things on my list. I didn’t pray about it first, I just took a leap and did it. It didn’t turn out well and now I regret it. I got the cart ahead of the horse. The result, I was left feeling small. Having said that, I still believe in taking action, massive action. Pray about it first.
3. Take care of the prerequisites. The things that need to be accomplished before that dream can be a reality should be focused on first. Put anything that needs to be done first at the top of your list.
You can DREAM! Be a dreamer! Dream Big and create that list.
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