When we make bucket lists we should remember several things. Here are two important thoughts as you set goals in your life.
1. This is our Last Chance at Life
An illustration I have used several times over the years is "The Odds," which states several facts:
- The odds of you dying by being hit by a meteor this year: 1 in 5 billion.
- The odds of you dying by being bit by a snake or spider this year: 1 in 21 billion.
- The odds of you being hit by lightning during your lifetime: 1 in 9,000.
- The odds that you will injure yourself while shaving, seriously enough to get medical attention: 1 in 7,000.
- The odds that you will eventually die: 1 in 1.
George O. Wood shared in one of his books that "this may not be the last generation before Christ returns, but "this is our last generation."
Each day we come one step closer to eternity. This is our last today ... let's make it count for what truly matters - let's make our life count for eternal values.
2. Small is the new big
One of my new favorite quotes this year is by Mother Theresa - "We can do no great things. We can only do small things with great love."
It's true. How do we accomplish anything big? How does someone climb Everest? One step at a time. How does someone eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Anyone who has accomplished anything important has learned this idea that we must become good at the mundane. In excellence and contentment we must learn to fall in love with the process, grow and become, one unseen moment at a time.
Instead of discovering our dreams in a day, we do it everyday for a lifetime.
I'm reminded of a quote I saw on a poster at Bible College that sums this all up - "Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as though you’ll die tomorrow."