I want to help encourage anyone on denying self and taking up our cross daily and follow Jesus. But this feels troublesome when we are to deny self and fear what all we are to or may have to give up. But let this encourage you on what you gain when you deny self; you exchange your mind for the mind of Christ in you. Our own minds are selfish, self centered and riddled with trouble, anxiety, fear, depression, unstable, etc. But to focus on Christ himself and his mind in you; there is no instability in the mind of Christ, no worries, no fears, no anxiety, no depression, no confusion. His mind is holy and perfect and good in every good way.