When one walks with the Lord he walks with something in his possession. Jesus said it was the cross, or should be (Mark 10:21). Taking up the cross of Jesus can be a burden for some, but only for those who have failed to understand the significance of what it means to take it up. (1) To take us the cross means that one starts his day thanking the Lord for the mercy shown to him for the new day. (2) Taking up the cross means that as the day begins there is much good that can be done and much glory to the Lord that can result from the good done. (3) Taking up the cross means that as the day reaches its midpoint reflection can be given on how the day has gone thus far, and what adjustment need to be made. (4) Taking up the cross means that as the day comes to a close, the one who took up the cross of Jesus can thank the Lord for the opportunity and burden-less day he lived.
Taking up the cross is not a burden for one who understands its significance; it is only a burden to one who wants to carry around his own personal baggage alongside the cross of Jesus.
This Thanksgiving weekend is a reminder to us all how fortunate we are to live in a country that allows us to be free, in serving the Lord who has made us free from the bondage and baggage of sin. Taking up the cross means that every day is a thanksgiving day. RT (Bulletin article for Highway Church of Christ; 11.25.2012)