During my quiet time, my long time question of why John the Baptist died such a horrible death was answered. Jesus tells us in the Gospels to expect persecution, it is inevitable. We will be persecuted so non-believers and opponents will see true Christians living, and even dying, for Christ. Persecution sifts out true Christians from fair-weather believers.
Even when things don’t go as I have planned, I will always follow him. You can take my pride, my possessions, even my happiness, but you cannot touch my spirit… it was sealed shut the day I dedicated my life to living, and dying, for Christ.