To many the saying, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me,” seems hard. How much harder, however, will the words on the Day of Judgment be: Depart from Me, you accused ones, into the everlasting fire. ( Matt. 25:41) . Those who follow the cross willingly now, will not fear the last judgment.
Of the Royal Road of the Cross
I once heard a story that went something like this “God, my cross is too heavy for me, can’t someone else take this burden. God said, “put down your cross there and you may choose the cross that you would like to bear.” the man put down his cross and was relieved. He looked around the room, seeing many different size crosses but most seem to heavy for him and some seemed overbearing. Then he spotted a small cross at the edge of the room and said “God can I have that one?” God said “Yes, since that is the one you came in with.”
I have used this many times in my life to gauge “my cross”, I know that in comparison, my cross is small. Others may have smaller crosses but many have heavier & larger crosses.
I trust God to know what I can carry and I know if He gives me more than I can bear He will be there to help me.
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
28 Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.
29 Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.
30 For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.
My trust is in the Lord, He will help me, He will forgive me, He will give me everlasting life. Amen