Several years ago, it was really common to see the “WWJD” (what would Jesus do) bracelets everywhere & from time to time I still see them & they make me smile. Lately, however, I’ve been thinking about what would Jesus say. I’ve been thinking about this not in my communication with others, but more so in what Jesus says to me. You see, from time to time, I wrestle with thoughts about discouragement, failure, disappointment, etc. If I’m not careful, these thoughts can overrun my brain & become dangerous distractions from Jesus’ plans & purposes for me.
When I look at Jesus’ life & His words to us, they are always filled with life, faith, strength, encouragement, forgiveness, love and acceptance. The only people Jesus ever slammed with overt offense were the religious leaders of His day who were judgmental, selfish and even ungodly. To everyone else, His words were full of life, encouragement & faith. When I think about Jesus’ words & their contrast with the discouragement & failure thoughts that run around in my mind sometimes, I’m faced with a choice. I either listen to His life-giving words or I let the failure & discouragement thoughts run amuck. I’m choosing Jesus’ words, because I’m Jesus’ sheep (John 10). 🙂