Simon was compelled to carry Christ’s cross, but we who live subsequent to His death and resurrection are called to take up our crosses willingly (Luke 9:23). As followers of Jesus, we are to bear the scorn that comes our way for living after His pattern and not the pattern of the world. Let us remember that Christ endured far worse as we suffer for the gospel, and let us look to Him to make us able to stand in the day of trial.
For further study:
The Bible in a year: