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More Than A Bucket List by Toni Birdsong

“More Than a Bucket List will challenge you to go for that hole-in-one at Pebble Beach, to become an amateur chef, to scale K2. But it will also encourage you to view these accomplishments from God’s point of view and to make your bucket list matter eternally along the way. With each page, the dream inside you will be drawn out—the higher dream of what God has purposed for you.”

The author challenges her readers to choose positive values:
Pursue laughter.
Live your dreams.
Honor the strength of others.
Fight for love.
Be a Good Samaritan.
Become a more positive person.

The author asks good questions in “Find your passion“:
What activity makes you lose track of time?
What connects your soul to God?
What would you do even without pay?
What sparks your creativity?
What puts a smile on your face?
What would you regret not having tried?

The author includes many more lists and checklists that will appeal to some readers. Other readers will prefer her insights in areas of life that matter most to the reader. Here are two essays I found meaningful.

Trust God in Business

Few other situations can sculpt and refine your faith more than trusting God in an entrepreneurial adventure.

An amazingly creative and courageous business life is a roller coaster—risks followed by playing it safe. Great blessing and then being burned. Surviving recessions that take out our neighbors and learning to trust God for each day’s manna.

The key to success? Keep moving forward, keep trusting, and refuse dwell on past mistakes. Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (KJV).

If we are plowing new ground and pursuing the greater adventures God is planting in front of us, looking back only ruins the field for the next harvest. God is concerned about the journey. Trusting Him is the grandest adventure of the Christian’s life. That means trusting Him for your business too.

REAL-LIFE CHALLENGE: Pray over your business daily. Pray for your employees and clients. Ask God for opportunities to serve others and make His name known through the way you do business.

In “Forgo the organ recital” Birdsong challenges us to reduce our complaining.

“No matter how many physical aches, pains, or procedures you may have as God gifts you with additional years, forgo the urge to share—and bemoan—those details. This kind of organ recital can landlock your mind and your relationships and keep you from your goal of experiencing a full life. Plus, it’s kind of annoying.”

REAL LIFE CHALLENGE: When tempted to recite your ailments to others, instead remind yourself of your many blessings, and say, “Tell me what’s new and exciting in your life.”

Conclusion

The author includes 179 lists, checklists, three paragraph essays, bible quotes and wise words so readers can, “Discover hundreds of ideas to jump-start your heart. Be inspired. Be intentional. And be contagious in your quest to live a life that is more than a bucket list.”

I found it heavy on the lists, and light on the Scripture, but I enjoyed this quick read, and I think that you will too.

 

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