“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me”. (‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23‬ NKJV)

Taking up our cross is not always easy. But we have to remember it doesn’t just involve the negative act of denying our feelings and plans, but the positive action of picking up our cross and following Jesus.

How does this work in real life? It means realizing my plans aren’t my first priority; giving thanks for whatever comes as allowed by a sovereign God who works all things for our good and His glory.

It means taking the time and care to learn what the Bible teaches about living a life that pleases Him. It will often run against the conventional wisdom of the world.

It takes faith to do that; a determination to trust Him enough to follow and rejoice even when I don’t understand.