If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23.
I needed to remember this today! I had a person get very angry with me accusing me of being a liar and other outlandish accusations.
I was taken back! Wow, I was not expecting such accusations. Her logic appeared way off in left field, but I stood there and listened as she hollered at me loud enough for all to hear.
Obviously there was something else going on in her life that had nothing to do with me. I have to say internally I did not do well with it at all. I wanted to react and tell her where to go. I was not having godly thoughts.
I did not say anything I wanted to say and simply listened and tried to reason with her, but soon learned it was not going to help.
What does it mean to take up your cross? I think it means whatever difficult problem is dealt your way, take it to the Lord and surrender your own will.
I really wanted to set this person straight, but that wasn’t going to help the situation, so I surrendered.
My Pearl is the joy of maturity and growth that comes from taking up your cross.