This week I got to check something off my bucket list- a great escape to the island of Santorini, Greece. Santorini is undeniably one of the most beautiful places on earth.

I'm not sure what first sparked my interest in visiting the Greek Isles. Was it pictures in 5th grade world geography or one of those jet way wall murals that haunts you forever? Maybe it was the setting of a movie I can’t remember, or a picture in my Greek textbook at seminary? (Wait, that book didn’t have pictures!)

I guess it doesn’t matter. For as long as I can remember I have had an Eden-echo in my soul, calling me to this place. Hence its high position on my bucket list.

If we did the things we were capable of, we would astound ourselves. –Thomas Edison

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Speaking of "bucket list," where did the idea come from? The 2007 movie entitled, “The Bucket List” by Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson embedded the term in our social vocabulary.  Two terminally ill men escape the cancer ward with a to-do-list to accomplish before they "kick-the-bucket." What about you- do you have a bucket list?  Have you recorded a set of goals to accomplish or things to do before you die? If not, why not start one? If so, when was the last time you checked something off? 

While basking in sunset of my Aegean paradise, I reflected on some of the steps I have taken to fulfill my dreams. And I thought about you- friends, acquaintances, fellow ministers, and anonymous blog readers.  What is really required to propel us toward our dreams? I sketched out a short blog series that I hope will assist you, whether you’re excited to start, ready to refresh, or even feeling too overwhelmed to think about the future. Here are some upcoming posts…

  • Is it selfish to be a Christian and have a bucket list? In the second post I will share four ways to redeem your life dreams.

Wherever you are this summer, I hope you have time for some rest, reflection and planning. If this series interests you, you may be interested in learning about Life Younique, a personal vision and life planning process. Every person in the process writes down a 100-item bucket list! 

About Will

Would you like more meaningful progress in your church? 

I want you and your ministry to experience the benefits of stunning, God-given clarity. As a pastor turned vision coach, I’ve worked with an unprecedented variety of churches from growing mega-churches and missional communities, to mainline revitalization and church plants. I have the privilege of being the founder of Auxano, a church consulting group and Younique, a personal vision and life planning training company for the church. Most people know me from two of several books that I have authored: Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision and Create Movement and God Dreams: 12 Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church's Future.

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