A couple of weeks ago my family celebrated my Oma’s ninetieth birthday. Although her health is starting to deteriorate and we recognize that God may call her home soon, it was awesome to be with her on that day and celebrate her birthday. Ninety years is certainly worth celebrating!
On the drive home, I began to reflect on my Oma's life to this point. She had lived through WWII, crossed the ocean and immigrated to Canada as a young adult, raised a family here in Southern Ontario and had many, many other adventures along her journey. She has watched as her children and grandchildren grew older and now she even has a large group of great-grandchildren running and crawling around.
For some reason, all of these things made me wonder if my Oma had a bucket list. I wondered if there were things that she had wished that she had done. Places she wished she had seen. A lot of us have a list of things that we want to do before we die, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. But hear what the apostle Peter thought about his bucket list. Peter knew he was going to die, and in his last days he wanted to remind us of our role to “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” Peter believed that “if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1: 5-9). If we think about it, shouldn’t serving our Saviour be number one on our bucket list? Shouldn't our goal always be to celebrate God, share Him with others and love Him? I think that is one of the major roles of Christian Education: we provide a setting where we can celebrate God, share Him with others and love Him. Although we may still have Switzerland or Hawaii on our bucket list, I hope that we will always remember that our first goal should be a heavenly one.