. . . The cruciform life—a life that seeks to follow
the Christ whose path intersected so completely
with our own—is not one that can be imposed upon us.
It is a mystery that we can enter into only by choice,
and that we must navigate with a spirit of discernment.
Carrying the cross is not about casting about for a
heavy burden to pick up; neither does it require us
to seek out situations of pain and danger that will
cause damage to the person God calls us to be.
It's about seeking the pattern of life
that will open us the most fully to the God
who created us in our particularity....
To read in full Jan's wonderful post, "The Shape He Makes", go here.