Mark 8:43ff finds Jesus challenging his hearers to deny self, take up a cross and follow. We can all generalise about what this means, but what about at a personal level? What does it mean to you,what does it mean to me to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Jesus?
I know there are many things for which I've been praying over the years. Things that I think will improve my ability to serve God. But they are my ideas not God's. Perhaps the journey to discovering how to deny oneself and carry a cross comes through the things God does not give us as much as it might through the things he does give us.
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