The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? –John 4:11
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What if I told you there was a hole in your bucket list?
That’s right. All the unfulfilled wishes, hopes and dreams you’ve been carrying in your bucket…they’re slowly dripping out and drying up.
Like water draining out of a bathtub.
Would you panic? Would you rush out into the street to find a Karaoke bar where you could sing “Hey Jude” — because you always wanted to? Would you charter a plane to Nepal so you could climb Mt Everest? Would you get that tattoo of Conan O’Brien on your shoulder?
Or, just possibly, would you feel relieved?
Having a bucket list brings some pressure with it. All those years of “I never” gathered up and carried around. It gets heavy, you know, sloshing that bucket around everywhere. Or maybe it would be sad to see those “I wish-es” go down the drain. Maybe you’d be able to rescue a couple dear ones, as the others evaporate.
Would you be mad? Take a couple deep breaths before you answer, because I have this theory…
I think God put the hole in your bucket.
Scandalous as it sounds, I think God is doing us a real favor, making our buckets leaky.
See, dreams can turn stale and even brackish when they sit in one place for too long. They become baggage. Heavy and unmanageable. Hopes and wishes are meant to be acted upon, to be lived out, not to be collected and harbored.
I’m convinced God knows the limitations of buckets, when it comes to our aspirations. Buckets are for storing water — or dreams — and God wants to see our water/dreams flowing freely.
That’s why, one day at a well, Jesus offered a woman something called Living Water. It was the kind of water that has no need of a bucket. It was the kind that flows through the heart and soul. This Living Water is the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit is ever-flowing. Active, adventurous, passionate, transforming. It is the perfect companion for you and I as we pursue our dreams. It is not about stagnation. When we match our dreams with God’s power, love, and energy, we can accomplish a whole list of amazing things in God’s name.
The moral of this story? If you have a bucket list, you might want to feel a sense of urgency about it. Live the dream now. Don’t store your hopes away. Live as if today is a fresh start for your dreams…
the ones that are ready to pour out of you.
Have a Great Week,