Don’t Do This Alone

Carrying His CrossAnd he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Taking someone a cup of coffee when she has treated you unkindly.

Coffee Gift

Smiling at the cashier when he has just spoken harshly.

Doing one of your spouse’s chores and hoping that he doesn’t even notice, much less reciprocate.

Taking on extra at work when you know that it will just encourage your coworker to give you her extra more regularly.

Working Hard

Getting down on the floor with your child rather than sticking him in front of the television so that you can read.


Denying yourself is wearying. Taking up your cross daily sometimes seems almost impossible.

Some days it almost seems easier to throw myself in front of the lions for Christ’s sake than to live my life for Him. Most days I’d much rather live for myself.

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. ~ Jorge Luis Borges

To deny myself and take up my cross every single day seems daunting and lonely.

Trying Hard

Perhaps the lonely part of that is what makes it seem so daunting.

After all, the same Christ who told us to take up our cross had help carrying His own.

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 

So gather around yourself those who are also striving to carry their cross. Seek out those who will encourage you to deny yourself.

Help Each Other

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 

Imitate Christ in ALL His ways…for we were not meant to do this alone. 

Hold Each Other Up

Art credit: Photo of Christ carrying His cross by Asta Rastauskiene

About Elizabeth Giger

Hello! My name is Elizabeth. I am a wife and a stay-at-home mommy to three beautiful girls; I am a musician and a writer.  I would love for you to visit with me at where I write and try to thoughtfully engage life and culture as a way of loving God and loving others. After all, God has made everything to be sacred, things in our daily lives and things in the world around us.


  1. Denise Taylor-Dennis says

    Denying yourself is certainly not easy but you can certainly start small and increase what you do daily.

  2. Louly McButter says

    I find in situations as these where I am the bigger person, I feel much more at peace with myself and others.


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