For a long time now, I’ve been trying to convince a certain famous person who shall remain nameless to play Words With Friends against me.
(If you know who I’m talking about, please don’t reveal his name)
For those of you who don’t know, Words With Friends (or WWF for short) is a scrabble-style game that smartphone users can play against each other.
This famous person has said online once or twice that he’s pretty good at WWF and I’ve tried many and various strategies to get him to play against me.
One day I came up with a genius idea and tweeted something along these lines:
I’ve changed my bucket list and now there’s only one thing on it: to play WWF against Insert Famous Person’s Name Here
My strategy worked and within a few hours, he offered to clear up my bucket list once and for all.
Let me tell you, he’s a TOUGH opponent, made even tougher by the fact that his natural desire and ability to win has got me completely psyched out!
When we started playing against each other though, I was sure there were a couple of blog posts I could write about it and lo and behold, before too long, I’d come up with them. The first being:
Our Bucket Lists show our true colors.
So I wrote a post asking people to share their bucket lists, which a number of people did, some in the comments and others by email.
The bucket lists came from a variety of people some of them Christians and some of them not and I think all of them reveal something of what lies deep within our hearts.
Most people’s Bucket Lists are heavily populated with items of things they want to see or experience which are totally self-oriented.
For instance, my original list includes:
- Going to see the pyramids in Egypt
- Seeing Michael Jordan play basketball
- Owning a house where my bedroom has an en-suite bathroom
…and the list goes on.
Those things are fine, but it’s what is missing from my list that is really telling.
If you asked me, I would tell you that, as a Christian, the reason I believe I and all other Christians are still here is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So if our purpose here is to share the gospel… why is my list not full of things related to my purpose here on earth?
Seriously! Why isn’t it?
What does it say about me that with my mouth I’ll tell you that the most important thing to me is seeing people get saved but when I write out my goals, almost all of them have nothing to do with God at all?
One person who impresses me with his list is Tony J Alicia. Here’s the first part of Tony’s list:
- Run a million dollar company
- Give away half of what I earn
- Speak in front of 50,000 people
- Minister in 50 countries
- Plant 5 churches
- Perform a creative miracle
- Give a word of knowledge to an influential non-Christian
Now that’s a list that shows he has a heart for telling people about God. Sure, he also has other things on there like skiing and surfing on the same day in New Zealand and that’s great.
God didn’t create us to be boring! He gave us personalities and goals and I don’t think that God has any problem with Tony wanting to sing on a record or hike up a mountain but I wonder….
What does God think when he sees my list, or when he realizes I have nothing left that I want to accomplish before I die because I played WWF against someone?
Does God have plans for me still? Are there things he wants me to do?
If so, why are they not on my bucket list?
Do I REALLY yearn to do what God wants me to do or do I yearn to do all worldly things?