I'm grateful, Jesus, for You patiently working with me to become more like You. This whole idea of "taking up my cross and following You" is certainly not for the faint of heart.
It seems that part of the reason this "walk" is hard, is because the world thinks it's peculiar... AND it seems so opposite to the common sense of the world. Yet, I am aware of Peter's words in 1 Peter 2:9:
But ye are a chosen generation,
The world says, "Be rich!"
The world says, "Live now..."
You say, "Die now,
so that you may have LIFE EVERLASTING."
You've made it clear how to be more like You.
You've made it clear how to live The Blessed Life.
Thank You, Jesus.