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I'm sure that by now many of you have seen the movie "The Bucket List." It's the story of two men who meet by chance as hospital roommates. As the story develops, we soon discover that one of the men is terminally ill, and the other man is incredibly wealthy. With hours to spend in their hospital room they have plenty of time to talk about how they are feeling and all that they are facing. Staring mortality in the face they each begin to rehearse some of the "if onlys" and "I wish I hads" of their lives. Finally the wealthy man said to the dying man, "so what's stopping us?" And after a considerable amount of effort he finally persuades the dying man to spend his final days fulfilling many of the things that he had always dreamed of doing. So together they develop a "bucket list" a list of all the things they wasn't to accomplish before they "kick the bucket."

Now I don't want to ruin it for you by telling you the whole story but we eventually discover that it was the dying man who was truly rich because of his faith and his family. And it was the wealthy man who though he had great riches was emotionally and spiritually impoverished.

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