We have to live with the life we have lived, measured by the degree of sincerity and integrity we brought to life in the way we lived. By the degree of balance and harmony we enabled. By the amount of spirit, energy and vitality we exhibited and enabled in the people around us. By the softness of our step the genuineness of our company, and the quality of our presence. Where we have been inhibited, abused, intimidated, shamed, humiliated, etc., we get a mulligan and can enjoy an eternity of healing and recovery in the best atmosphere for that ever imagined. And get to ask our abusers every now and then how it's going with them, laughing. And, if we don't want to waste time talking to them, we can just laugh, if we care to. I can't see me wanting to have anything to do with mine. Maybe after I've been there about halfway through.
We die doing what we love. Or, we die not doing what we love. The difference is whether we live doing what we love. Doing what we love will ask us to die 10,000 times in its service. Figuratively/metaphorically, and sometimes literally/actually. Those who don't do what they love want no part of that, of dying in its service, figuratively or literally. They have better things to do. Doing what we love asks hard things of us. Asks us to grow up-- requires us to grow up-- grows us up-- in forcing us to decide what is important and to choose to do it anyway, nevertheless, even so, no matter what. "That's asking too much!" say those who turn and walk away from the death they are being asked to die. "I don't have time for that." Say those on their way to passing a good time. No matter what. Jesus died doing what he loved. He died for the sake of what he loved. He sacrificed himself for the service of what he loved, and that was saying what needs to be said, asking all of the questions that beg to be asked, and doing what needs to be done, when, where, and how it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, no matter what. What we love asks hard things of us. Asks us how much we love it, time after time. "I love playing the piano," say those who never practice. Jesus would have practiced when he didn't feel like it.
What do you know/believe to be true of God that you did not get from some other source, including the Bible? This is your own personal creed, composed out of your own experience. What do you have to say about God? Here is a short list of what I have to say: God doesn't know what's next. God doesn't pick sides. God doesn't have favorites. There is no earning merit or favor with God. God doesn't care who wins. God dances with any partner. God has a twisted sense of humor. God loves a good joke. God has no use for parades and fire works and loud organ music. God wants badly for us to be the best person we can be, doing what needs to be done the way only we can do it, when and where it needs to be done, spontaneously out of our own heart, true to ourselves and our own virtues-- without thinking about it, and certainly not because we think it should be done, in each situation as it arises.