Most of us long to stay and be alive. The longing for being is a natural desire.
Meister Eckhart, hundreds of years ago, suggested that God is being; that is, to be is to be a part of God.
Paul's famous assertion that we live and move and have our being in God supports this understanding of God as being-ness.
To imagine this, I find it helpful to picture a metaphoric divine ocean that we float in and are surrounded by and at the same time, are soaked through to the core with.
It's a good floating, surrounding, soaking, too. Most of the time, we like to be.
We like to be, not just for existence sake, but because the primary characteristic of God is love. Love is a good thing, a desired thing. By love, I mean compassion and care and the desire for well-being of others (see, Westminister Theological Dictionary).
When we focus on God, on love, we experience our full being-ness. We get a desire for the well beingness of us, as well as for a well beingness of all that God soaks, including other human beings.
This is why Jesus' commandment to love your neighbor as yourself makes so much sense. That's why his commandment, "in everything, do to others as you want done to you" resonates so much for us.
In fact, if we think about it, those two commandments, "love your neighbors as yourself" and "in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you," state Jesus' heavenly solution to all earthly problems.
If we love others and do love for others, things align with God's desire for shalom, for peace on earth.
And here's an awesome thought, if, as we soak in Godness, we love all others soaking in Godness and do to them as we want done to us, we show our love of God - who's in each being.
It's no coincidence that loving God is the other great commandant of Jesus (see also, Torah). Jesus' great commandments complement each other quite nicely. They are the heavenly way to be.
The Rev. Scott Elliott is the pastor at Riviera United Church of Christ in Palm Bay. Visit Riviera UCC's website at rivieraucc.org. and his vlog at http://www.youtube.com/user/AGodVlog?feature=guide.