Jesus said that if you want to follow him, you have to be willing to take up your cross.
To me, that means three things
1 - Not giving up just because it’s hard
2 - Doing the right thing even if it’s not fun
3 - Giving up vanities and indulgences when it’s necessary for your character
I will write about the 2nd one: Doing the right thing when it’s not fun.
I think this involves doing the correct behaviour even if it’s uncomfortable.
For a mother, it might mean feeding her baby when she is tired and just wants to sleep.
For a senior, it might mean volunteering to wash your dishes when you have back pain.
For a man, it might mean, helping strangers lift heavy items at a store after being tired from a day of gardening work.
For a child, it might mean walking in cold weather to school instead of skipping class
For me, it involved working 7 days a week when my feet hurt from standing up at work all day
Right now, my cross is different: It involves being friendly and courteous to people I do not like because it’s what the bible commands.