Pick up Your. . .

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Pick Up Your. . . 

As children we get told
Pick up your things, your mess
Clean behind yourself
Oh, how our parents we can test
As older we grow

But as we become adults
By someone much wiser than I
From an ancient book of old
We are each & every told
To pick up our cross and Follow Him

Notice. . .
He did not say
Pick up your money
Or your pleasure
Or your lusts for 
Material possessions
He said

Pick up your troubles,
Pain, suffering
And follow me anyway
Try each & every day
Within His footsteps to stay
Christ did not live a life
Of luxury
Pleasure 
While here not 
even particularly loved
Except from the Holy Father above
Denied Himself
Became obedient
Even when He was sent
To that tortuous cross!
Counted it all as nothing, all a loss
For us paid a most excruciating cost!

Cannot we do the same
To follow His Glorious name?
To find your life you must lose it
And if you are not willing.  . . ?
Not willing to sacrifice for Him
Then worthy of Him are we not
His words, not mine!

Matthew 10:37–39 Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
Christ does not mean not to love your family or neighbors, only to put Him first! Praise God for his love, mercy, grace and forgiveness!

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