I loved watching The Bucket List back in 2007 when it was released.  Directed by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, it tells the story (fictional) of two terminally ill men as they set out on an adventure to fulfill a wish list of things they want to do before they “kick the bucket” (hence the phrase, “bucket list”).

Well, my “bucket list” is short and generic and can be summed up in the first half of Philippians 1.21, “For to me, to live is Christ…”  I want to serve Christ by serving my immediate family, my church family, and my humanity family for the remainder of my days on earth (I’ll blog about this at a later time).  My “post-bucket list” (i.e., stuff I want to do after I die) can be summed up with the second half of the same verse, “…and to die is gain.”  Imagine Revelation 21.1-8 revealed before our eyes for the first time!  What an inexpressible joy that will be!  I am especially exhilarated by v. 4, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  I am moved.

So, I have made a post-bucket list.  And whereas we are limited by time and resources to fulfill our bucket list, our time and resources will be limitless to fulfill our post-bucket list.  You see, eternity is forever (duh!), meaning that you can spend an eternity doing anything you desire, and then another eternity doing something else, and another, and another…and still have an eternity of eternities left over for an infinite number of other things.  And as far as resources are concerned, well, let us remember that God is omnipotent and that we are His heirs.  And without sin, it will all be good!  What an awesome God we have!

I said I have a post-bucket list—only ten items, for now (it is sure to grow infinitely large once I’m there).  And since I will be able to “parallel process” in heaven, it should not be a problem to do more than one thing at a time (actually, we should be able to do an infinite number of things at the same time). 

So, here’s my post-bucket list:

  1. Worship God 24/7 (yes, yes, I know there’s no time in eternity—it’s just a number for the sake of reference), free of any distraction and compulsion to sin;
  2. Listen to God 24/7 as He tell me of His love for me, that is to say, how He redeemed me in Christ, sanctified me by His Holy Spirit, and resurrected me on the last day by the same awesome power by which He resurrected His own Son; as it says in Ephesians 2.7, “…in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”;
  3. Review all of history (every detail, every instance, in every place, across all of time) and fully understand why God willed what He willed;
  4. Related to #3 above, learn of all the details of Creation, and which one of the numerous creation theories (e.g., literal six-day, historical creation, theistic evolution) was closest to reality;
  5. Converse with everyone there (given my propensity to be loquacious, that alone may require several eternities), including the angels; in particular, I’m curious to find out which incognito angel/s I’ve entertained (see Hebrews 13.2);
  6. Study every planet, sun, and every other heavenly body there ever was, every life form there ever was, and every subatomic particle there ever was;
  7. Derive (or discover, rather) a “theory of everything,” that is come up with the elusive theory that explains the interaction between gravity, electromagnetism, weak forces, and strong forces, and to include general relativity and quantum mechanics;
  8. Memorize the Bible in every tongue ever spoken, every translation ever made, and every transcription of the original Hebrew and Greek ever transcribed;
  9. Prove that Calvin was right, and then tell everyone else there—for all eternity—that, “I told you so!”; and
  10. Find—and be able to recite from memory with 100% accuracy—the entire set of prime numbers along with all the digits of pi and e.

And that’s just the warm-up act, of course.

 

God bless!

CalvinCuban