We have all seen this acronym displayed in a number of different creative ways by many people around the world. I have seen it expressed on billboards, necklaces, wristbands, T-shirts, under the eyes of pro athletes and so forth. But the message and question are always the same. What Would Jesus Do?
Four simple words that, if allowed, pack a powerful, introspective punch.
For me, I don’t believe the good Lord cares whether or not I burn 85 or 95 octane fuel in my vehicle. However, I do believe this: If it is important to you, then it is important to him. After all, he is our Heavenly Father, and, like our earthly fathers, wants and truly desires us to be happy in life.
In my quest for daily supernal help, I wonder sometimes if my Heavenly Father ever gets tired or weary of me asking him for help and guidance when I am unwilling or fail to exert my own energy in seeking the answers.
I would suggest he is more pleased when I apply myself, ponder the issue, exert effort and make a decision. And after I’ve made a decision, approach him through sincere prayer, seeking his approval and/or confirmation of my decision.
Many would ask: How will I know if he agrees or not with the decision I have made? I have always relied upon the feelings of the heart, which often tells the mind things it does not know – if that makes any sense.
And when my decision is not in line with his, I feel it, but conversely I get a stupor of thought. I believe his Holy Spirit guides us all and is the testator of all truth and will confirm in our hearts and minds decisions important to us. I really believe he expects us to pray as if everything depended on him and work as hard as we can as if everything depended on us.
But “WWJD” is an important question we face every day as we stand at the crossroads of decisions. It is an especially poignant question as we are poised to celebrate the birth of the very one represented in these letters?
So how shall we answer this question of “WWJD?”
I think I saw the answer as plain as day at church not too long ago. A teenager had a ring on her finger which had the initials “CTR” engraved on it. Which, she told me, stood for “Choose The Right.”
I suppose if she were wearing the wristband bearing “WWJD” and the ring bearing the letters “CTR” at the same time, she could proclaim, asked and answered!
I know for myself that Jesus is the Christ and the Savior of the world. His life was one of perfect example. And as we celebrate his birth and life this Christmas season, may each of us respond to the question of “WWJD?” by deciding to “CTR!”
I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!
Robin L. Quillon is the publisher of The Tribune-Democrat and senior vice president, Allegheny Division, of CNHI News Service. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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