Mark 8:34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Someone once told me that her personal cross was her family situaion, and she asked (rather piously), "What is your cross to bear?" The only answer to that question is "Me." We put crosses on our walls, wear them around our necks, post them on blogs. :-) But would you wear a hangman's noose or small silver electric chair around your neck? We forgot that the cross was a hated image to the disciples. It was a symbol of death. Jesus was not saying "Come and follow me and carry your sickness, your husband, your poverty, your ________ and it will keep you humble." He was saying, "Come and die with me."