What is on your bucket list?

Carpe Diem, seize the day. YOLO, You Only Live Once…

Things really haven’t changed a whole lot the last 2023 years, despite the advances in technology. From Horace’s penned adage in his 23 BC work, “Odes1” to Drake’s in his album, “Take Care” of 20112. The human race has been forever trying to grab and hold on to every moment this life has to offer and live it to its fullest.

If you knew that you had only a few short days left of your life, what would you do? Would you live out your remaining hours fulfilling your ultimate dream? Would you seize the day, as it were, taking full advantage of all the luxuries that life has to offer?

bucket-2027031_960_720You’ve probably heard of making a bucket list. In 2007, there was a movie by the name with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. The tag line is, “Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.3” Not necessarily a bad thing, right?

Do you have a bucket list of things that this life can offer you to participate in, before you die? Sounds morbid, I know. I have said many times that there are certain NCAA football games and stadiums I would like to visit. To sit through the energy of the Michigan vs. Ohio State game, or the Florida vs. Georgia, I could really enjoy that! I would like to go sky diving, repelling and flying through the air on a zip line! The adrenaline rush, fear, and anticipation of each of these is something that I really look forward to experiencing!

Would you ever conceive, in any form or fashion, working at a soup kitchen your last hours of life? What about volunteering in a nursing home or changing bed linens in a cancer ward?

What if, in the final days of your life, of all the choices out there, you chose to do the most degrading job that you could think of. Would you? Could you?

You might be thinking, “Why would I even want to?”

“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands…” Jesus, knowing that he had come from God and would soon return back to God; he rose from supper, took off his outer garment, took up a towel and wrapped himself with it. He then poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet.4

He loved these men that had followed him north to Galilee, then back south to Jerusalem time and time again, watching Him heal and forgive all manner of maladies. He knew what they were all about. Fighting over who was more important5. Denying others entrance to their group, just because they were not handpicked6, wanting to destroy entire villages because they were snubbed7; yes, Jesus knew what they were all about.

Then there is Judas. The ultimate back-stabber! A name that is synonymous with betrayal! His feet are washed as lovingly and thoroughly as all the other disciples.

Jesus takes the basin and the towel he has wrapped around himself and performs what is considered the humblest of all tJesus_washing_Peter's_feetasks. God on earth is dipping those hands that would soon be nailed to the cross, into nasty, filthy, disgusting water, performing the task that he knows will serve his disciples best: Preparing their feet to be in the best condition possible, so they can run in fear and scatter like so much chaff driven before a gust of wind that peters out into nothingness and leaves them bereft and guilt-ridden at their betrayal.

The true heart of a servant is made clear by what we choose to do for others, not what we are expected or required to do.

You don’t have just one life to live. You have an eternal life, if you choose to live it. Live this life in service to others, not yourself, so you will be rewarded in the next life to come.

God Bless,

Max

  1. Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Carmina, Liber I, Carmen XI (in Latin)
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Care_(album)
  3. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825232/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  4. John 13:3-5
  5. Luke 9:46
  6. Luke 9:49
  7. Luke 9:54

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