September 26, 2021
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We have all heard the expression about carrying your own cross. It’s from the Bible, of course, Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”

At my age of nearly 73 years, I am considered by many as an old man. I agree that I am indeed an old man. But I am alive and, to me, that’s better than the alternative. I won’t go into detail about that today.

But with age cometh wisdom; Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” I do not claim to be the wisest man in the world or even in my household, but I am thankful that God has given me SOME WISDOM.

Even the wisest of men throughout the history of humankind have made mistakes, some biggies, some not so bad, yet still mistakes of judgment, etc. I have made many, both very bad, some not so bad, yet all serious blunders on my part. Have you ever had such a thing as that happen to you? Be honest, please.

So, dear reader, where do you think I am going with the above statements I have made, so far? Hopefully, you have intuitively figured it out.

If not, I will say the bad things you would rather not say about me.  I am a big screw-up sometimes. Actually, many times. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? That may be a good thing to think about in my situation.

The answer to the question about old dogs is that sometimes you can teach him new tricks, sometimes not.

I’m sure I vacillate between the two often.

The point I want to make is simple. I have too often made many blunders in my life.

To be even more specific, I am sure I do not know how to carry my own cross properly, let alone me telling you how you should carry yours. But please give me an A for being honest with you on this serious topic.

The truth is that nobody knows how to always carry their own cross properly at all times. Even Jesus Himself, while carrying his cross, stumbled and fell. Often enough that one Simon of Cyrene was compelled to help Him.

So, if even Jesus needed help on that occasion, is it no wonder then that we need help many times in our lives, struggling to know how to carry our own cross?

Thankfully, I feel better in knowing that carrying my cross is not always easy and that Jesus understands that too often I mess up and do not do it properly.

I have since learned to give up all my suffering and mistakes to Jesus who knows how to use them for His glory.

I recently became aware of a dear friend of mine who was suffering immensely, both physically and mentally.

She told me in no way bragging or being pious, that she was giving all her pain up to Jesus for His glory while at the same time praying that it would also lead to her daughter’s salvation.

I told her that with such an attitude as she had about her suffering that I was sure it would lead to her daughter being saved and yearning to know more about Jesus.

With God all things are possible.

Let me close with something obvious.

When we speak of carrying our own cross, we are actually saying to the world, that any suffering we are going through is our cross to bear.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley

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