a time for taking stock and making pointless resolutions that no one believes will last into February. So, while we are in stock-taking mood, here's what I want to suggest about our friend Gustav:
What if God exists?
What if the Bible really does contain his words to us?
What if there is a teacher - Jesus - who really does know more than us?
What if there's going to be a technical exam?
What if we can't dismiss the results of that exam by saying "I guess the judges just didn't like the way I do things"?
Most terrifyingly, if there's a Great Royal College Of Music In The Sky, when we turn up there... will we get in?
Gustav's teacher's credentials were well established, Beethoven's score was accurate, Gustav's examiners were knowledgeable players, and their verdict mattered.