Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.
When Jesus died on the cross, it symbolized a new meaning. Instead of painful human death it represented symbol of grace, love and forgiveness.
In Mark 8:34, Jesus says to take up your cross, meaning to deny your own interests that are worldly and unpleasing to God and pursue and follow Jesus who represents love, grace and mercy.
Instead of seeking pleasure and riches of this world, seek the things that pleases Him. Love and serve others as Jesus did. Follow Him wholeheartedly and He will show you His ways.
Deny your own ways and Follow His ways.