Many times over the years I have come across a scripture and misapplied it... Usually this is because I have taken the scripture out of context and maybe a kind brother in the church will point out my error and I will say well how come I didn't see that before?... The light finally went on and the Lord gave me the answer when I needed it even though I read the scripture many times... The Lord has been gracious to give us life and I wake up every morning thanking the Lord that I have seen another day and can serve him... So what is this teaching?... I am suppose to hate this life the Lord gave me or am I suppose to nurture it in the service to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his people?... I firmly believe that it is not me but God by his Sovereign Grace and love gave me and all of his tokens of grace eternal life that they did not deserve or earn by anything they did... I think this scripture has more to do with Apostle Paul's statement I am crucified with Christ... Also take up your cross and follow me... What are your thoughts... Brother Glen John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.