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?

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. e3 says:

    Thanks for sharing the pic Trey. Awesome that you got to run with him, but surprised you didn't want to go shirtless also and show up those shredded abs…:) All that hard, ab ripping work wasted. (just kidding, don't think I would have either.)

    My bucket list is short: visit Australia.

    Todd S

  2. outnumberedlisa says:

    How fun! Glad you got to add another cool memory to the long list. My bucket list is also pretty short, and it involves lots of travel abroad with only my hubby alongside me. Retirement might be another 30 years down the road, but if that's how long I have to wait, I will!

  3. JD says:

    That's awesome! I might have asked for a more original nickname, but it's the experience that matters. There's tons of stuff on my bucket list, but right now I am thinking about adding a bike ride across Arkansas to the list.

  4. Janice Garrison says:

    So glad you got to run with the Raven! I guess one of the things on my bucket list would be able to run 8 miles period. Of course if I were much younger…….sigh. One of the others is traveling around the states with my hubby, taking our time and exploring little towns and out of the way places.

  5. Vicki L says:

    Awesome story, so glad you had the opportunity to run with "The Raven". I have a bucket list and it is getting longer all the time. One thing is to do white water rafting.

  6. Marc T says:

    Church of the Dump,Casa II Campus, See a volcano spitting some lava, and skydiving (freefall of course).

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am an older woman who's bucket runneth over. I've had a very fulfilling life. I was born in America, raised in a Christian home, knew God and His word early on. I live a happy life daily in spite of hardships. Who could want anything more? How about heaven with my wonderful earthly family?

  8. NB says:

    That's cool that you are really doing it!I have a long bucket list. Hopefully…

  9. Maggie Beth says:

    I am so thrilled your 'dream' fell into place as you hoped! Sounds like the Raven met, and even exceeded, your expectations! I love when that happens!

    My Bucket List? ~ #1 ~

    To be a published author, living in a lighthouse, in Maine. In my lighthouse I write words of healing and hope, to all who will open their hearts and read them.

  10. Jeanne M. says:

    I am not anxious to make a bucket list after reading on the internet about a woman 100 years old who completed the last of her list – to graduate from college – then died the next day. If I have a bucket list, I am going to keep adding to it – not superstitious, but grateful for every day the Lord gives me to use in His service.

  11. Janie says:

    hey there,
    ran into your post via marty and loved this! it must have been a wonderful experience that i would loved to have shared. i'm living one day at a time, so my bucket list is something i add to on a continual basis as needed, but the one thing i want to do before i leave this earth is to go to ireland for an extended visit, and stay in a thatch cottage roaming the countryside. my grandparents were irish and it's in my blood. i used to run on a regular basis years ago, and just yesterday told my daughter that i wanted to take up running again. so, there's another one to add to my bucket list!

  12. Wendy says:

    I've done the white water rafting (Tully River in far north Queensland) and erupting volcano (Mount Yasur on Tanna Island in Vanuatu. I've snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef and climbed a mountain (Cleft Peak in South Africa). I'm not sure I WANT to do anything… I have been more than abundantly blessed by the experiences I have had.

    Oh I know.. I would like to see a leafy or weedy sea dragon while snorkelling. And I would like to see a princess parrot in the wild…

  13. Stoogelover says:

    Thanks for the clarification on the picture. You mentioned having done ministry in foreign countries … have you ever been to Alabama or West Virginia?

  14. cwinwc says:

    Now that is cool! My bucket list includes going to Norway and Alaska.

  15. Deb ;) says:

    Love it! Glad you added the ID caption. At first I thought, "Wow! Trey has not been shaving on vacation!" Ha! My Bucket List: Only one item, to re-establish my relationship with my sons! Have a blessed day!

  16. debgraafsma says:

    Thank you for your honesty, and for your insights!! I love you blog!! Blessings, Debbye

  17. Brittainy says:

    Trey you have definitely fulfilled your bucket with wonderful things. How awesome you got to run with the Raven. So cool!

    I have many things on my bucket list … but the top things that I think would be cool to do are:

    1) Become a published children's author. (I am so close … hopefully)
    2) Be a voice in an antimated movie.
    3) Visit Paris (I have a thing for the Eiffel Tower)
    4) Visit Scotland. My 7th great grandfather was given a castle by the king. It is supposedly still in the family but falling down. I would love to take my children there to see a piece of family history.
    5) My daughter has decided she wants to be a preacher. She wants to teach the whole world about God's love. I want to travel with her to be witness to and help her with that one day.

    My bucket runneth over when my children are concerned! The rest of the list is just for fun.

  18. Warren Baldwin says:

    Great story. And I've been bragging about my 2 miles a day. How did he happen to pick 8 miles?


  19. TREY MORGAN says:

    Warren … 2 miles a day is great. More than most of the world does.

    I asked Robert "Raven" that very question of why 8 miles. His answer was, "7 seemed too short and 9 seemed a little long." Deep, huh? :)

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