Friday, 28 September 2018 06:56

A Sneak Peak Into Your Bucket List

Written by  Pastor Kemi Searcy
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I have a bucket list…a set of experiences and goals that I want to accomplish in my lifetime. Many women don’t even consider what would be on such a list while they are working, raising children, and keeping the family finances afloat with their paychecks.


Creating a bucket list for us women is important because living with expectancy helps create excitement and adds spice in our lives. God created us as dreamers. We think in pictures. Imagination and image is one in the same. Additionally, as free-will human beings we get to choose the image we keep in front of us. And if we, like Jacob’s cattle, stare at something long enough we will reproduce what we keep seeing (Genesis 30:37-42).


But, take a moment to consider what achievements I might see if I were to be afforded a privilege to peak into your bucket list? What would the scripted pieces of paper tucked in your bucket reveal about your priorities? What do you see yourself doing?



• Want to see the world? Where would you want to go first?

• Jump out of a plane?

• Achieve an ideal weight?

• Be a wife and a mother?



Your dream can become your reality if you tackle your list one bite at a time


People can respond to dreams differently:


Some don’t dream…


Many are afraid to dream again due to past disappointments. The Bible says that hope deferred makes the heart sick. These precious sisters experience what Langston Hughes says, “What happens to a dream deferred, it dries up like a raisin in the sun.” Many dreams have seemingly dried up and so disappointment has darkened their screen. Therefore these people occupy their minds only with safe images that don’t require much faith. I can’t count the single ladies I have counseled over the years who are heartbroken over not finding their soul mate. Some have lost hope and dare not dream again.



Some dream inappropriate dreams…


I used to run track as a young girl and beat everyone in my neighborhood. I  am now a 61-year-old woman in relatively good shape, but it would be a waste for me to develop a dream of becoming an Olympic gold medalist in track before I die. I may have a chance at a Seniors Olympics, but I dare not dream of outrunning 18 year olds.


Our dreams must be appropriate and realistic by some measure. By this I do not mean we don’t need to dream seemingly impossible dreams. But such impossible dreams should be divinely inspired. If God whispers dreams into our heart we should say, “Amen!” and embrace them. Scripture tells us that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think. Our internal dreams should at least make sense. You’re probably not going to achieve a space walk without a space suit in your lifetime, so there’s no need to fantasize it.



Some have unclear dreams


Some people don’t take time to make their dreams clear enough. The concept of image, imagination, and dreams means that you picture them clearly with specificity. Folks have dreams such as” I want to succeed.” Or, “I want to be famous.” Such general desires need to be cultivated until they are so clear you see yourself doing it. There must be a tangible element in the dream…like “I desire to own my own clothing line” instead of “I want to impact the fashion industry.”


Let me encourage you to form your own bucket list. If you already have one, update it. When we leave this life, let’s leave with no regrets.


Sit down now or within the next few days and dream with God about your future. Think deep and wide, and think big! Use your faith. Decide what you would like to do. Then write it down. This step is vitally important. There is something about writing the dream that makes it more genuine so that you run toward it. Perhaps Habbakuk understood this when he echoed, “Write the vision and make it plain so he may run that reads it…” (Hab. 2:3) 


Share your bucket list when appropriate only with those who will desire your success. Sharing our bucket list items puts us on the hook to accomplish them. You feel the importance to deliver on what you advertise.


Lastly. “Get Er Done!” After you create your bucket list start moving toward your dreams. As Les Brown said, “You don’t have to be great to start but you must start to be great.” Dream, write and then when opportunity arises, go forth. 


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