And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
 
Do you want to fulfill your destiny? It is found by following Christ, and in order to follow Him, we must first deny ourselves. The cardinal ethic of the Faith is not success – it’s sacrifice, and a sacrifice based on a trust so complete that you can let go of anything if He asks it.
 
Yet what does it mean to take up your cross? In those days, if you saw a man carrying across, you knew one thing about him for sure: he wasn’t coming back.
 
How firm is your commitment? Until there is not a shred of a chance that we will even glance back at what could be or what might have been, God knows better than to trust us with the fullness of His plans, for His plans require a heart that is fully dedicated, and cannot be distracted from His will.
 
Ask Him for a heart that is so dedicated, and He will give it to you.