A faithful disciple of Jesus 

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 

We must first deny ourselves. It is not what we want for our lives but what Christ wants for us. Our thoughts and ideas apart from Christ are leading us away from him.

“All our efforts to make another way are a denial of the one who showed us the way, the way of the cross. This is true discipleship.”
- W. Hulitt Gloer 

When we practice denying ourselves, then we can take up our cross and follow after our Savior. We have to be Christ focused before we can be Christ followers.
“Ash Wednesday dares us to live each moment as if we belonged to God, to take each breath as a gift, and to give up the foolish notion that our salvation lies within ourselves.” 

- Brian Erickson 

May you and your families have a blessed week! Brian, Mary, Brylee, Holland Funderburk