My daughter, Shae, has long worn a simple, contemporary stainless steel cross necklace. It’s sort of her signature, and it exemplifies her desire to incorporate Christ into every part of her life.
For about ten years, I’ve had my own cross necklace, a gift from my husband. It’s simple as well, with a slightly Celtic flair. I wore it for a long time, took it off during my youngest son’s babyhood (the cross bears his faint teeth marks), and wore it occasionally after that.
But several weeks ago, I asked Shae if she would mind if I started wearing mine all the time, as she does. I didn’t want her to think I was stealing her concept! But I liked the idea of wearing a symbol of my faith, every hour of every day.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2
When I exercise in the morning, the pendant swings with my movements, encouraging me to work harder.
When I get ready to go somewhere, the cross’s image in the mirror reminds me that my appearance should glorify the One to whom I belong.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. – Galatians 6:14
That tiny cross against my skin is a constant reminder of Christ’s admonition to daily take up my cross and follow him: serving my family, loving the children in my church class, respecting my body, speaking words of kindness.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. – Matthew 16:24
What serves to remind you of Christ’s presence? I welcome your thoughts and ideas.