Carrying a cross that requires your being an accomplice to sin resulting in an impending self-pity and anger at being used or using while giving yourself praise for your difficult walk and hard work is a strange expectation to throw on yourself—a fruitless endeavor.
Carrying a cross to avoid sin, to help others with compassion, the Gospel way, and your own two hands, to give God the praise for saving humanity from the darkness we get trapped in is passionate LOVE!
The world’s way is treacherous, daring, challenging you to work hard and alone, accomplishing little.
The Lord’s way, is treacherous, daring, challenging you to work hard with Someone, accomplishing the spread of eternal joy.
In the end, the world gives you nothing.
Jesus gives you Himself.