just read this from a woman who knows my heart's language...
(please go read the whole thing on her blog, as my snippets won't do her justice: "aholyexperience.com". my sis in law has got me reading it daily now...wonderful daily reminders of how He calls us to live.)
"Take up a cross… Be willing to suffer… this — these are the marks of a follower of Christ.
Perhaps our greatest daily temptation is to be impatient — to refuse to suffer.
Perhaps my greatest daily sin is to refuse to suffer — to refuse to take up the cross of Christ.
Perhaps my greatest sin is refusing to wait on God’s ways — but to want my own will done — now.
Patience is a surrendering to suffering — a willingness to wait — a carrying of the Cross."
then she has this verse...
"And he who does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me…” ~Mt. 10:38