Here’s a subject that no one really wants to talk about; Except maybe a near-ninety year old like myself …..So I’ll ask it; what if God says, “Get your things together… It’s time?”
We all live with the possibility of leaving this earth tomorrow, regardless of age. For some, it might call for option one” “Eat, drink, and be merry”. The more common one covers a tremendous amount of ground.
We think of our families; what was left unsaid or undone, our financial dispositions. And, the obvious disturbance of all of our wonderful plans and dreams, our planned retirements.
Would we be caught up in the fearsome “Would have, Could have” Syndrome? That would be many of us
Forbid that it could be even said at a fairly young age; “Whew, It’s about time; I thought you would never ask”….(more common than we would like to think).
What might prompt that response? Social inquiry would say drugs, illness, loneliness, and downright lack of purpose are the majors.
All of this would seem to reflect OUR intentions for ourselves, being fulfilled or not.
What about God’s intentions for us? Might a major question be; “Have I met some or most of those? But…..How in the world would we know that? I would inquire only “What do we suppose that Voice within us is all about?”
Is there just some inherent genetic disposition that keeps us on course?
Ephesians 2: 8 prescribes; “For by grace you have been saved by faith. And this is not our own doing. It is a gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”
We all have our own, one-of-a-kind, bucket list. Seldom does it match His. And, it cannot alter His plan.
How WE leave this world may be our major concern…..What is His?
He expects one thing: Whether or not we dot all the personal “I’s and cross the T’s” is a private matter.
The voice within us declares: We must have faith. act out of love for others, and try to emulate Jesus in our behavior… even unto the risk leaving some ( even many) things being left undone.
Any number of objectives may well remain “in our bucket.”
It stays here on earth anyway.