Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
What does it mean to "take up my cross?" What does it mean to lose our life for His sake?
It means to embrace whatever comes into our lives and bear it through the grace He gives.
Embracing a cross is painful. There are all those splinters and things, you know? But since He did that for me, how can I do less for Him?