A bucket list is a list of things you’d like to do before you die. The term “bucket list” became popular from the 2007 film by the same title. It’s not unusual to hear people say today, “That’s on my bucket list,” meaning it’s something they want to do before they die.
I’ve lived a bucket list life already. I’ve fallen in love and married the girl of my dreams. I’ve been blessed with four wonderful sons whom I’m watching grow up. I have some wonderful friends that would do anything for me. I’m blessed to get to preach and do ministry … every day. I’ve done ministry in foreign countries. I’ve fed starving dump children in Honduras. All these things are SUCH a blessing in my life and nothing can ever top these things. If my life ended today, I would be content that my life has already been filled with a bucket list of some of the greatest things ever.
So I guess if I still have a bucket list, it would include a bunch of little things that would just be cool to do. Things like running with the Raven, a real life Forrest Gump who’s well known on the South Florida scene. The Raven has run 8 miles every day for the last 34 years. Every day people come out to South Beach, Miami to run with him. When they do (and complete the 8 miles) he writes their name and birthday in his journal, and he gives them a nickname. I first heard about him from an ESPN special about a year ago and decided I’d like to add “running with the Raven” to my bucket list. Yesterday I met Robert Craft, better known as the Raven. As we ran 8 miles together he wanted to know where I was from, what I did and about my children. He was an all-around nice guy.
I ran with about 10 others, who are regular runners with the Raven. A group that included an ER doctor, a millionaire, a reality TV star, a high school principal, a shoe salesman and some guy he just rounded up by saying, “Hey, come run 8 miles with me.” All had their nicknames, and when I was done with the 8 mile beach run, I got my nickname, “the minister.” Go figure
We’ve had a great time in Miami this week. I’ll post more pictures later.
That’s me on the right … just in case you couldn’t tell who was who.
I’d love to know ….
- Do you have a bucket list?
- What’s something on your list?