Hey guys! It’s super fun to make mental or physical copies of a “bucket list,” which is basically about experiences you want to have or places you’d like to visit. Such as going to Europe, riding in a hot air balloon, or swimming with dolphins! I think we all have a long list of things we want to accomplish before we die. But… do we all have the same fervor and excitement over living for Christ?
For this post, I’m going to list some things for a Christian “bucket list.” I hope that we can encourage each other to make each day count and live with a mission for Christ!
I like to jump around with books when I read the Bible. I don’t usually go in order, but that can be a really good way to remember what you’ve read! : D As a family, we’ve been through most of the New Testament and I’ve read a lot of the Old Testament on my own. I’m pretty sure there’s a few books I’ve haven’t gotten to yet. Revelation, for one! Have you read the whole Bible?
2: Be involved in a ministry.
There’s a lot of ways you can become involved. I volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center for over a year, and it was a very rewarding experience! Maybe you could invite a group of younger girls over to read through an inspirational book together. A lot of churches host food or clothing drives. It’s not too hard to find some way to serve and be a blessing.
3: Start a prayer journal.
This is something I’ve always wanted to do, yet never gotten around to! I’m a *little* scatterbrained, and keeping lists is a great way to remember every person or situation you want to pray about.
4: Practice memorizing Scripture.
God wrote everything He wants us to know in the Bible. When faced with any challenge or struggle, there are plenty of verses in the Bible that give guidance and comfort. Knowing them in your heart is even better! By practicing memorization, you’ll be able to have God’s words constantly on your mind.
5: Use your gifts for Jesus.
Some girls give their gifts back to God for His service. Some don’t. One of the greatest aspirations of a Christian girl is developing her talents and spiritual gifts for the purpose of serving the Father.
I know a lot of people that write Christian fiction. They’re using one of their talents to bless others and glorify God.
One of my friends likes to paint. She gives out beautiful inspirational pictures as gifts.
Some of my friends are amazing cooks or seamstresses and like to bless others with their creations.
You can find a way to use your special talent too!
6: Choose to focus on what is good and noble.
I hope that everyone reading this has many happy memories. It’s easy to let bad memories overshadow the good, and I definitely do this too! But concentrating on the bad never helps anyone. Living joyfully and remembering how blessed you are does.
I wanted to share an excerpt from Crazy Love by Francis Chan that really, really inspired me. I hope it inspires you too.
“I’ll live my life to the fullest. I’ll be happy. I’ll brighten up. I will be more joyful than I have ever been. I will be kind to others. I will loosen up. I will tell others about Christ. I will go on adventures and change the world. I will be bold and not change who I really am. I will have troubles but instead help others with their troubles.
You see, I’ll be one of those people who live to be history makers at a young age. Oh, I’ll have my moments, good and bad, but I will wipe away the bad and only remember the good. In fact, that’s all I remember, just good moments, nothing in between, just living my life to the fullest. I’ll be one of those people who go somewhere with a mission, an awesome plan, a world-changing plan, and nothing will hold me back. I’ll set an example for others, I will pray for direction.
I have my life before me. I will give others the joy I have and God will give me more joy. I will do everything God tells me to do. I will follow the footsteps of God. I will do my best!!!”
– Brooke Bronkowski, excerpt from Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
Brooke wrote that her in journal when she was just twelve years old. She did exactly what she’d set out to do and she lived with her mission and made a huge impact to everyone around her.
Sadly, she passed away at fourteen. But her influence didn’t.
7: Ask for forgiveness. Forgive those that don’t ask.
I can think of a few situations in my life when forgiving was very hard. I didn’t want to let it go- it was much easier to stay upset with the person. That didn’t take any work.
On the other hand, we all unintentionally (or sometimes intentionally) hurt people around us from time to time. We can never fix the damage we’ve done unless we seek that person out and ask for forgiveness.
Forgiveness is definitely very hard. But it has to happen if we call ourselves followers of Jesus. It’s what He would want.
8: Let your life be a testimony.
You might be the only example of Christ that a person ever sees. Wear your faith. It shines radiantly for all to see!
9: Share the gospel.
So many people are lost and hurting. They need to know about Jesus. God calls all of us in different ways to share the gospel, and it is a mission that it very important!
10: Go where He sends you.
You never know where God will lead you. You could end up in Haiti, New Zealand, Alaska, Switzerland, or… your own community. Going on missions trip is an amazing ministry, but some girls are called to simply stay close to home. You can serve His kingdom no matter where you are!
This turned into a much longer post than I was anticipating. Haha!
What are some things on your bucket list?