The cross is not made of soft feathers!

(Charles Spurgeon)

"Take up the cross — and follow Me." Mark 10:21

You have not the liberty of making of your own cross; although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making. Neither are you permitted to choose your own cross; although self-will would gladly be lord and master. Your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love — and you are cheerfully to accept it. You are to take up the cross as your chosen portion, and not to stand caviling at it. Jesus bids you to submit your shoulder to His easy yoke. Do not . . .
  kick
at it in petulance, or
  trample
on it in vain-glory, or
  fall under it in despair, or
  run away
from it in fear.
Take it up like a true follower of Jesus.

Jesus was a cross-bearer; He leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you could not desire a better guide! And if He carried a cross — what nobler burden would you desire?

The Way of the Cross is the way of safety — do not fear to tread its thorny paths.

Beloved, the cross is not made of soft feathers, or lined with velvet — it is heavy and galling to disobedient shoulders! But it is not an iron cross, though your fears have painted it with iron colors! It is a wooden cross, and a man can carry it, for the Man of sorrows carried the load. Take up your cross, and by the power of the Spirit — you will soon be so in love with it, that like Moses, you would not exchange the reproach of Christ for all the treasures of Egypt!

Remember that the cross will soon be followed by the crown. The thought of the coming weight of glory — will greatly lighten the present heaviness of trouble. May the Lord help you to bow your heart in submission to His divine will — that you may go forth to this day's cross with the holy and submissive spirit which befits a follower of the Crucified One.