"To Live is Christ, and to Die is Gain"
I love this verse so much, Lord. It makes me feel invincible, untouchable. If I'm alive, then I can serve and glorify Jesus, if I'm dead, I'm with Him. My enemies can't take that from me. Satan can't take that from me. No matter what, I will live forever, and I can have joy and peace every moment of that eternity. Now I know I'll block that joy and peace from myself sometimes, most likely in times of trouble. Which is kind of backwards, honestly. In a time of pain, why wouldn't I want joy and peace?
Anyways, Lord, I thank you that I have that assurance. That I'm untouchable, that I'm yours. I am your child. That's part of my identity as a new creation now. Give me the strength to remember that, to cling to it. No matter what troubles come, I am a child of God, and I will live forever.