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  • Writer's pictureMichael Orange

Carrying Our Cross With Happiness

Carrying God’s cross in our lives is an essential aspect of the Christian journey, and it may seem contradictory to associate it with happiness. The cross represents the burdens, challenges, and sacrifices that we encounter along our path of faith. However, true happiness can be found in embracing the cross and allowing it to shape us.

The image of Jesus carrying the cross serves as a powerful reminder of the immense love and self-sacrifice that God demonstrated for humanity. It shows us that even in the midst of suffering, there is a deeper purpose and meaning. When we willingly take up our own crosses, we participate in Christ’s redemptive work and align ourselves with His divine plan.

Carrying God’s cross involves embracing the trials and difficulties that come our way. It may include personal struggles, setbacks, loss, or even persecution for our beliefs. It requires us to let go of our own desires and to surrender our will to God’s greater purpose. While it may seem challenging, this act of self-denial and embracing the cross is where true happiness is found.

Happiness in carrying God’s cross stems from the understanding that our suffering is not in vain. Just as Christ’s suffering brought about redemption and salvation, our own struggles can contribute to our spiritual growth and transformation. It is through the cross that we are refined, strengthened, and conformed more closely to the image of Christ.

Moreover, carrying God’s cross fosters a deeper reliance on Him. When we face trials, we realize our limitations and turn to God for guidance, strength, and comfort. It deepens our trust in His providence and allows us to experience His presence and grace in the midst of our struggles. This reliance on God brings a profound sense of peace and contentment, even in the face of adversity.

Furthermore, carrying God’s cross enables us to empathize and show compassion to others who are also burdened. Our own experiences of suffering allow us to connect with the pain of others and offer them solace, understanding, and support. Through our willingness to bear our cross, we become instruments of God’s love and healing in the lives of those around us.

Ultimately, happiness in carrying God’s cross lies in the fulfillment of living a life aligned with God’s will. It is the joy that comes from knowing that we are actively participating in the divine plan and contributing to the building of God’s kingdom. It is the assurance that our temporary trials are outweighed by the eternal glory that awaits us.

As we embrace God's cross in our lives, let us remember that true happiness is not found in the absence of suffering, but in the transformative power of God’s love working through our struggles. May we have the courage and faith to carry our cross with joy, knowing that it is through this journey that we grow closer to God and experience the fullness of life in Him.


Deacon Mike


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