Many of us remember the popular “What Would Jesus Do” movement of the 1990’s. For a while, many people wore jewelry or clothing with “WWJD?” on it. What most people don’t know is that this phrase originally came into existence about 100 years before.
The wonderful book “In His Steps” by author Charles Sheldon was written in the late 1890’s, & was the origin of the phrase. It’s a fictional story, but an excellent & very realistic & believable one. The story is based on what happens when a small town pastor challenges his congregation to do nothing without first asking themselves, “What would Jesus do?” for an entire year, then do what they believe Jesus would do in their situation. Several members of the congregation pledge to do this. A newspaper editor decides to skip printing the Sunday edition of his paper, another man working for the railroad discovers fraud & leaves his job, & other similar things take place. People also begin to help each other, such as an heiress helps the newspaper since it began to struggle financially after ending the Sunday printings.
If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it! It’s so inspiring! Or, if you prefer to see the movie, there is one called “WWJD? What Would Jesus Do?” from 2010 that is a wonderful modernized adaptation! In looking up the movie’s year, I also learned it has a sequel from 2014 called, “What Would Jesus Do? WWJD The Journey Continues.” And, there is a sequel to the book called, “Jesus Is Here”, also written by Charles Sheldon.
The reason I recommend this book & movie is because they are so inspiring! I think any Christian would do themselves a big favor by reading the book or at least watching the movie. Even knowing it’s a fictional story, it’s so realistic you easily can imagine these things happening in real life. It’s impossible not to be inspired by that!
The characters also are very realistic & convicted in their faith. You can’t help but to want to be more like them, living fearlessly as a great example of your faith.
Usually I don’t recommend books or movies much, but these are different. Obviously I can’t say they’re as inspiring as the Bible is, but they are very inspiring nonetheless. They help stir up my faith & that is something we all need sometimes. I believe they could benefit others as they have me. After a period of dealing with some pretty painful things, my faith was a bit stagnant recently. Not that I lost faith in God, of course. I think I was just mired down in the negativity of what I had faced. Watching the WWJD movie helped stir my faith back up, & get me back on track.
Even if you aren’t interested in reading the book or watching the movie, I would like to encourage you today to do as the characters in the stories pledged to do. Before making decisions, ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” then do what you believe that He would do if He was in your position. Asking yourself this question really causes you to think about things more seriously, & consider other people more as well. It causes you to make wiser decisions that benefit yourself & to treat other people with love & respect.