Teen Picks Up Her Cross
Hi my name is Virginia and I would like to share a testimony with you.
I was thinking of what it really means to pick up my cross and what I have to do. So I thought about it and had a look at my life. I realized that I spend so much time doing things I like; such as listening to music, watching TV, surfing the Internet, watching videos on YouTube, but not on the things that God wants me to do.
After a while thinking about this I realized what it actually means to ‘pick your cross’ and why it can be really hard; it means that you surrender all that stuff that takes you away from God and leads you down the wrong path.
1 JOHN 2:15-16 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not with him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
Also your habits like watching TV in the evening, maybe you think that's stupid and maybe you can't see what happens to you if you cram your head with those things. I for example had such an experience with searching YouTube for videos. I also thought that' it was not bad what I was searching for, but after a while you can't stop and your searching more and more and suddenly you see things that you wished you had never seen.
Your first thought is "No, that was just a little scene, that’s not going to happen again". And then when you go to bed you'll remember those scenes in your head and maybe it doesn't stop, or you don't want to stop thinking about those scenes or pictures.
Also your character changes, you have fights with your parents and your thinking turns down the wrong path. I realized that I have to change this otherwise it's going to get harder and harder for me to turn away from all of this.
So, after realizing this, I got a clear picture of what I have to change and what it means to pick up my own cross; to spend my time with God and not on my own wishes and desires.
I hope that this testimony will help you.