February 26, 2010

Feb. 26: A bucket list calling

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By Kelsey Shue, a junior communication major from Dalton, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:31-35 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I remember curling up on my dad´s lap when I was a child. His famous question was, “Kelsey, what do you want to do when you grow up?”

Years later, as my family sits around the table at breakfast we discuss the same question: what do we want to do with our lives? Dreams of ice skaters and astronauts have turned into a bucket list brainstorming session of things we’d like to do before we “kick the bucket” or pass away.

In today’s passage, Jesus shows his understanding that the future holds death. We see that he remains undaunted and set on his “bucket list,” or the tasks ahead. I believe Jesus’ model is a calling for each one of us to continue our daily work of stepping outside of our comfort zone and loving the “unlovable.”

As our lives unfold, my hope is that we continue to ask the question of what we want to do with our lives. My prayer is that our answer may be guided by our calling and that we will stand firm in it, until the very end.

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SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:31-35 (NRSV)
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’

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Comments (8)

  1. Kelsey,
    Thanks for the reminder to live in the present but always being mindful of the fact that we will all die. And to keep that “bucket list” in front of us as a reminder of what is important as we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. Good thoughts!

    Betty February 26, 2010 |
  2. Thank you for your good thought for the day. I’m almost 89 years old and every day I ask myself that same question.

    Mary K. Mishler February 26, 2010 |
  3. Like Jesus, I want to live ’til I die. It’s getting harder to keep the “live” part in front. Although Jesus kept living after he died, as well. Hard concepts to grasp.

    Flo Harnish February 26, 2010 |
  4. What a great thought that maybe Jesus had a “bucket list” as well! What kind of things would have been on his list? And how would his bucket list compare to mine? It’s a good reminder to me as I think about life goals to not only think about places I want to see and things I want to do before I die, but how can I be affecting peoples lives in the time I have left here on this earth. Thank you Kelsey!

    Kay February 26, 2010 |
  5. Dear Ms. Shue:

    I have ready these messages through each day and I have enjoyed them. Yours struck me and turned me to the text, though, and I am grateful for that.

    I pray this lenten season will be a peaceful and healthy time of growth for you. You have certainly jogged me in a healthy way today.

    Peace be with you.

    John Wierwille
    Pastoral Elder
    Berea Mennonite Church
    Atlanta, Georgia

    John Wierwille February 26, 2010 |
  6. Thanks for your words of encouragement today. I just recently watched “Bucket List”….and they were preparing to die well, too. Living well now and loving well and preparing to die well is a daily journey.

    Rita Miller February 26, 2010 |
  7. Hello!
    This morning as I meditated on this passage, I felt both the desire to be gathered under Christ’s “wings” and His longing to gather us, his unwilling flock, along with his frustration at out rebelliousness. I asked Christ to find those places in me that are “unwilling” and soften them, help me “let go” and find my own path to follow him.

    Beth February 28, 2010 |
  8. Thanks for the thought you put into this, Kelsey! Bucket lists can be somewhat overwhelming for me, but your statement re Jesus’ model of “loving the ‘unlovable (whose ranks I share)'” resonates with me. It is an opportunity guaranteed to present itself 24-7 (well- not sure about sleep time, but close). This said, however, I appreciate the energy here challenging us to focus on tasks and direction as well,esp at a major decision-making time in my life! May God’s spirit energize and direct you as you live each day, Kelsey! Kathy

    K Holsopple March 1, 2010 |