I've often wondered if I could genuinely make some of the statements in the Bible that I love to quote. Try this one on for size: to live is Christ, to die is gain. What does that look like when you have cancer and have been told to get your house in order? When you're a soldier who is laboring under the attack of an enemy and trying to save yourself and your comrades?
Or this one from today's reading: "If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O King. But if not, be it known to you, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up" (Daniel 3.17-18).
A celebrated statement of faith, no doubt. And rightly so.
But could it have been my statement? Could it have been yours?