“…And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” This simple instruction came from Jesus talking about following his path and teachings.
It states a very direct and explicit call to face life’s difficulties and handle them according to the lessons Jesus left us: Love God; Love one another; Be humble toward God and others; Help those who need help, those who have less than you do; Speak truth to power.
I’m no scripture buff, and certainly not an expert otherwise on things biblical, but I think the reference to “carrying one’s cross” is a distinctly Christian reference. That said, it’s a mentality that really applies to everyone, not just believers of Christ.
Confront your fears. Face difficulty with courage and intent to persevere. Do not let life’s trials dissuade you from living and acting according to your true beliefs. “Carry your cross” means carry your burden forward. Do not shy away from your goals because it is difficult, even like carrying a heavy wooden cross.
Be not afraid. Let’s go forward, together.
Full Gospel Reading for 09/08/2019: Luke 14:25-33.