We all remember this bracelet fad from the mid to late 90’s. And for many of us, it really was just that -a fad- and nothing more. The other day I came across one of these bracelets and my first thought was, “Cool! I haven’t seen one of these in years!” But then I began to think about the acronym someone somewhere created years ago and what it was truly meant to be.
I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be just a passing fad that everyone from your pastor’s son to the town drunk indulged in for a short period of time, wearing the colorful bracelets on their wrists. It was meant to be a question for us to seriously ponder on before any move we made or word we spoke. What would Jesus do? Before we act on any situation, before we respond to unkind words, before we drive by the homeless man looking for a ride, before we ignore the girl crying in the Walmart parking lot, before we continue to pass on a rumor that isn’t true, before we refuse to help our neighbor in need, before we do anything, we should consider what exactly it is that Jesus would do.
I realized how important it is that I start taking this question seriously in my own everyday life and experiences. Before I act in any situation that I’m in, I should think about how Jesus would handle it. If I am to be a reflection of Him, then I have to be like Him. And if I react the way He would, if I look at things the way He sees them, if I only speak what He would, then things will be a lot easier in my life. I would set a much better example for those around me and especially for my kids. I would be happier and not so miserable.
After my blast from the past with this rainbow W.W.J.D. bracelet, I decided I would start wearing it again, but for a better reason now. Who cares if the fashion statement has passed or if it’s out of style? Not me. That’s not what it’s about. It’s about making the right choices and decisions in day to day living because I know what Jesus would do, and my desire is to be like Him.