Kick-Butt Bucket List for Christians
a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.“making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list”
What is on your bucket list? Most people have places they want to visit or things they want to do. This bucket list is full of exciting things specifically for Christians before they leave Earth and get reunited with the Lover of their souls!
Win someone to Jesus
Hopefully, you do this often. But, if not, definitely make this a goal! Leading someone to Christ is one of the most rewarding things you can do. If the Holy Spirit were to put someone in your path tomorrow that wanted to get saved, would you know what to say or what to do? Be prepared! Here’s a good place to start.
Memorize a chapter in the Bible
Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).
How do you memorize it? Start by reading the chapter several times a day every day. Next, write the chapter down breaking it up into sections. This is key for visual learners. As you start to memorize chunks at a time, recall it out loud, As you memorize new text, add it to what you’ve already mastered, making it cumulative. For auditory learners, record yourself reading it and listen to it throughout the day. Be sure to take breaks and not burn yourself out.
Go on a missions trip
You will be changed for life after going on a missions trip. It will push you out of a mundane rut we’ve all experienced in our Christian walk, as well as make you grow spiritually. If you want to become grateful for what you have, visit a third-world country on a missions trip. Things we take for granted, such as air conditioning and easily accessible hot water, will take on a whole new light after visiting a remote village in South America or Africa.
In the case that your church doesn’t sponsor church-wide missions trips, there are several companies and non-profits who can help. Love A Child is one organization I highly recommend. They are committed to serving children in Haiti and run an outstanding ministry committed to sharing the love of Jesus in Haiti.
Why should you volunteer? Studies have shown that is actually reduces stress. Volunteering makes you outward-focused instead of self-focused. Making a difference in someone’s life will undoubtedly boost your self-esteem and confidence, too. Plus, God is all about serving each other. If you need some scriptures about volunteering, here is where you need to go.
Some volunteering ideas are:
- Meals on Wheels
- Adopting a classroom at a local elementary school
- Working at a local food bank distributing food or filling boxes with food to give out
- Visiting shut-ins or the elderly at nursing homes
- Picking up trash along the road
- Collecting personal hygiene items for homeless women
The possibilities are endless. We live in a world in desperate need of love.
Get out of debt
Dave Ramsey is a fantastic resource to help you conquer debt. Being in debt is being a slave to your debtor. And, how can you help others with monetary resources if you all your money is going to credit card payments or to a car payment you really can’t afford?
You CAN get out of debt! Follow the plan set out by Dave Ramsey and you’ll be experiencing financial freedom in no time! No reason you can’t mark this off your bucket list.
Participate in a foot washing
When I was a youth minister many years ago, we did this in our group. It was the most humbling experience of my life. I found it more humbling to have my feet washed than when I washed other’s feet, while other people I know found the opposite to be true. Jesus washed the feet of His disciples the night before He went to the cross. It was an incredible act of servitude.
Read the entire Bible
Most of us have read the majority of the Bible, if not the entire book. I guarantee that God will reveal something new to you in a passage you’ve read a hundred times.
Visit the Holy Land
When you visit Israel the Bible comes alive! Every person I know who has visited Israel says they are never the same after they visit. Visiting the land gives a more accurate view of the cultural context of the Bible. Many of us view what we read in the Bible from a Western perspective. Jesus more than likely did not have blond hair and blue eyes.
If you get a chance to visit other believers in the area, you will get a better idea on how to prayer for the Middle East and you will hear exciting stories of how God is moving in the area. There are exciting thing happening that we don’t hear about!
If you’re thinking you can’t afford to visit the birthplace of Jesus, there are ways you can go for free. Hosting a tour is a great way to get your trip for free and to mark this off your bucket list!
Raise someone from the dead
Yes, that does say, “Raise someone from the dead.” How much would your faith grow if you prayed for the dead and they got up?! Jesus wasn’t the only one who raised someone from the dead, so did Elijah, Elisha, Peter and Paul. Why not you? I realize this would take an enormous amount of faith and facing your fears. Be open to the opportunity. If you’re with someone who has passed on, ask the Lord if He wants you to declare life back into that person’s body. It won’t take some elaborate prayer. All Jesus said was, “Lazarus, come forth.” When God uses you in this way, please come back and let us know!