Carrying your own cross

And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27

Marked by the crucifixion of our own ambitions and passions, we pick up the agenda of Christ’s cross and carry that agenda out into a world. Hanging our own hopes and dreams on the cross allows Jesus to translate our unique experiences of grace and reconciliation into the lifestyle Jesus envisions for us. The beauty and power of how Jesus carried His cross can be communicated by how we carry ours.

Lord, help me to carry my cross like a joyful follower rather than a suffering martyr.