It's Time to Kick the Bucket List … And Do This Instead | Doug Addison
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It’s Time to Kick the Bucket List … And Do This Instead

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People everywhere want more from their lives, but most of us don’t really have the time for just one more thing.

This was me over 20 years ago.

I felt stuck in my 9-to-5 corporate job. I knew that I had a higher, more fulfilling calling on my life, but had no idea how to get there, or even where to start.

Then God gave me a strategy of doing just one small thing towards something greater. If done consistently, then over time you can actually advance without a lot of effort.

This one thing can be reading a book, doing some research, talking to a friend, praying, finding a coach or any number of things. The amazing part of this concept is that you can apply it to any area of your life where you feel stuck.

Radical change and getting a breakthrough is available to you and it does not need to be difficult or take a lot of effort. Just as God has no limits, what you can accomplish through His love and power has no limits as well.

Dream thief

Do you feel like you are called to something greater in life?

I was a successful computer network engineer and made good money, but it drained me terribly and I knew God was calling me to full-time ministry. At the time, I was too busy and could not afford to go off to Bible College. But then the Lord spoke to me what I am sharing with you.

Too often, we get so caught up in day-to-day tasks that we miss the invitation to do something more. Busyness can be a dream thief and fool us, making us think we are accomplishing something. But later in life, as we look back, there is often not much to show for all our efforts.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV

Do you want more?

We all need a greater purpose in life and to be part of something that is bigger than ourselves. We want to know that our lives have more meaning than going to work or church and coming home, watching movies, surfing the Internet or playing video games.

There is nothing wrong with these things, but most people want more from life than just making a living and being entertained.

Have you ever felt like something is holding you back from your life dreams? There is a dream thief that can try to take away your passions. We were all designed to have passion for living and to live life with purpose.

Ultimately, receiving God’s love and power is what will change you the most. But even still, there are many people who have done this, yet remain unfulfilled and adrift.

Even better than a bucket list

Take some time to pray and ask God to show you things about your greater purpose and life calling. God wants to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4), and this becomes easier as your heart comes in line with His.

If you have not done so already, make a “desires of your heart list.” This is even better than a bucket list! These are the things that you would like to do and would bring you the greatest joy. It does not mean that you have to accomplish them all, but it is a good place to start.

One small thing

What are you planning for the summer? This is a great time to spend with family and get away. But it can also be a time when you make a decision to do just one thing towards what you feel called to do.

This is a time like no other to find and fulfill your greater purpose in life. You were destined to do great things and it does not have to be difficult. It is as easy as doing one small thing!


Doug Addison

P.S. If you want to be farther along in your life by this time next year—or even by the end of this summer—one small thing you can do today to help yourself get a breakthrough (and skyrocket your spiritual life) is to check out our online activation school.

Get started on your journey today and you’ll join hundreds of people just like you from around the world who are going deeper in hearing God and walking into their life purpose. (And when you enroll, you’ll be invited to join our private Facebook group, too!)

Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerful, positively funny teaching style and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where he is impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.


26 thoughts on “It’s Time to Kick the Bucket List … And Do This Instead

  1. Maree Williams says:

    Hi to all there, So trilled to read what came through today, as I had the word about the New song the first time 20 years ago and a couple of times since, Also last year the word of Transformation, then 20 years or more ago the word on the Spiritual Revolution, and again last year as did others. This week Danny Nahlier in Melbourne said the Lord told him that he had 3 years to prepare his Church for Revival. My heart sank! It just doesn’t line up with everybody else with words on the Move of God which I have just typed up. So many thanks again Doug for all your encouragement. I look forward to your daily word, as there just are not people here in Adelaide with the same vision, so nobody to talk with. They are wonderful praying people, but don’t understand the Holy Spirit, nor the way He falls on me, so it’s great to be in touch with you guys over there. Long way to go for fellowship though. Thanks again for all that you put out. Blessings, Maree. P.s.Take a look at my site if you are able. M.

  2. David Walker says:

    I needed to hear that. My wife Liz and I are in our early 60’s and this fall we are planning to attend Charis Bible College in Woodland Park Colorado. We are not sure how everything is going to work but we feel God wants us to step out and get better prepared to serve the Kingdom in our Senior Seasons. Please pray for us. Thankyou sincerely

    • Admin Nikki says:

      Bless you David in this new season! Praying now that you and your wife have boldness and strength.

      -Nikki, InLight Connection Staff

    • Admin Nikki says:

      Awesome Grace, that is so wonderful, I love when God does that.

      Bless you!

      -Nikki, InLight Connection Staff

  3. Martha says:

    A timely word as is much of what you share. And I so appreciate you breaking it down, to just one thing.
    As a visionary and also someone wth the gift of administration ,its a challenge to focus at times on just the one thing! But God is bigger than my inability to do that.. Yayy God, And I am doing that one thing this summer! I am going to Ireland for a prayer summit, to get a visual of Ireland and see / confirm if thats where he is leading me to gp and minister fulltime.
    PS.. I follow you on Instagram as “Sweetsues catering.

    • Admin Nikki says:

      Wow Martha! That is so cool! I heard such good things about Ireland, and lots of ministry opportunities there. Bless you and your trip!

      -Nikki, InLight Connection Staff

  4. Terry chambers says:

    Thsnk you. A very good word. I am a retired person but have been active in doing street encounters, something I wanted to do for a long time. Plus my wife and I do home meetings and activations for others. Thanks.
    Terry Chambers

  5. Erica says:

    Thank you for this. I am in IT also and make good money and feel trapped every day. I am stepping out to do something new this season which I know will set me free and the warfare has been incredible. The dream thief has been attacking me all week trying to steal my dreams and slow my progress. I want to thank you so much for this. The tears are falling down my eyes because this is a confirmation to keep moving forward and to not fall in a defeated state. Be Blessed.

    • Admin Nikki says:

      Oh Erica I am so glad you got confirmation from this. Praying now that you have supernatural strength. Your a mighty woman!

      Bless you!

      -Nikki, InLight Connection Staff

  6. Diana Gomez says:

    I just want to thank God for people like you who have succeeded in finding your nitch in life. From you the rest of us find comfort and hope. We may not all succeed like you have but God knows our hearts and why we will may not overcome the obstacles.
    Thank you.

    • Admin Nikki says:

      Thank you Diana! You are right, God knows your heart and He knows exactly what you are going through. When we lean on Him for support and strength our calling becomes much clearer over time.

      Bless you Diana!

      -Nikki, InLight Connection Staff

  7. ReGina Tollett says:

    May 11th I actually wrote a desires of my heart list, so this post hit right home for me.
    Praying for the Lord to remove any blocks from keeping me from moving forward.
    Small steps forward everyday
    Thank you for this confirmation and encouragement!

    • Admin Nikki says:

      Amen to that ReGina! What a great idea to write a list of your hearts desires. I think I might do the same, thanks for sharing.

      Bless you!

      -Nikki, InLight Connection Staff

  8. Mrs. Linda Roden says:

    Dear Doug Addison I am getting started on what the Lord has called me to do. A ministry for abuse women. Working on the note book I have written. I will be putting it toghter this summer. Thank you for the spiritual advice. Mrs Linda Roden

    • Admin Nikki says:

      That is wonderful! What an great cause to be apart of. Bless you and your ministry!

      -Nikki, InLight Connection Staff.

  9. Mary Easley says:

    God morning to all. First of all let me start by saying I thank God for you (you are such a blessing) and thank you for your obedience and sharing GOD’S word. Today I start my desires of the heart list thus preparing me for the call that GOD has placed on my life. So excited ! Continue the good work it’s a blessing to so many .
    May God continue to bless you and your ministry .

    • Admin Nikki says:

      Thank you for your kind words Mary. We appreciate them so much. I love that you are making a list. May God grant you all the desires of your heart as you delight in him.

      -Nikki, Inlight Connection Staff

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