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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: The Cross of Christ
By Frances Seymour
08/17/06


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Crosses, we all have them. What are they? Why, they are the obstacles and struggles that we cope with on a day-to-day basis. Jesus tells us clearly to pick up our cross and follow him. Luke 9:23 reads, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.
What does this mean? To me, it says that we are not exempt from cross bearing—that life is not a bed of roses and we will face problems and difficulties that appear to be quite overwhelming—a sick child, an aging mother, an unfaithful spouse, a demanding boss. The list of burdens could go on and on you see, but its reality. Troubles are real.
I read a story once about a man who felt like his burdens were too great, so God graciously gave him the opportunity to exchange them. He carried the man into a room full of crosses and told him to lay his cross down and choose another. The man did this and realized that he was better off with his own cross. In the end, God was merciful and allowed the man to continue traveling with his own cross.
Think about this story for a moment. Jesus himself carried the largest cross in the world—the very weight of our sins. So, in all honesty, our problems, as difficult as they appear today, pale in comparison. God allows his children to suffer through trials and tribulation for a reason—to draw us even closer to the very heart of He who carried the ultimate cross.


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terri tiffany08/26/06
What I like - Good devotional! Straight to the point and I like the story in the middle.
What I might change - the spacing needs to be corrected so the reader can read it better. I might rework the first paragraph abit...maybe...but overall, it was very enjoyable.:)
Trina Courtenay08/27/06
Awesome message, thanks for sharing.