2. Stanley’s use of Psalm 24 reminds us that the best thing we can aspire to do in our lives is to “praise God” and that this aspiration does not end with our death. When Jesus says to the thief, “today you will be with me in Paradise,” Jesus is guaranteeing to the thief that he will be able to praise God in heaven. How would it change your life for everyday to be an ambition to praise God, first and foremost, to be pleasantly relieved at anything else positive that happened but not destroyed by anything negative that happened, so long as you had the chance to praise God?
3. Stanley astutely observes that our gazing upon the life of God on the cross is like being “pulled into God’s life by the love made visible on the cross.” Is there anything attractive to you about feeling “pulled into God’s life”? Does it feel comforting or threatening? What does your answer tell you about how you feel about your relationship with God?