Tuesday, November 30, 2010

WWJD? What should I do?

I don't know about you, but the phrase "What would Jesus do?" gets under my skin.

We all know what Jesus would do. He would do "the right thing." He would act completely within the will of the Father. He would do only the life-giving, good, holy thing.

I know I should have those goals in mind as well. The thing is, I feel like I'm up against some questions Jesus never had to face.

Jesus didn't have to help his children to decide which college to attend; he didn't have to filter though 300 cable channels; he didn't even have to decide what to wear to work in the morning.

And he certainly didn't have to deal with these people. :)

Of course I'm not intending to trivialize the life of Our Lord. (You know me better than that.) I'm just trying, in a silly way, to point out that life in Jesus' time seemed to be far simpler than ours. And of course he was infinitely holier than we are. Our fallen state makes our every breath a challenge.

So I think a better suggestion might be to consider what Jesus wants me to do.

And that's not exactly simple to figure out either.

Do I speak the truth, always? Even when it will hurt feelings? Do I apologize, to make "peace," even when I have done nothing wrong? Do I spend time with people I'm obligated to be with, even when they continually mistreat me?

Yes, I know about turning the other cheek. Then I will be called a "fake."

Sometimes we are in "no-win" situations, and I can't seem to figure out what Jesus would have me do. Even when consulting good, well-meaning friends, I'm confused. Advice is abundant, but often contradictory.

I know the first rule - and last - is to love. As St. Augustine said, "Love, and then do what you will." But what to do when it is unclear how to be the most loving? What if you will be perceived as unloving no matter what you do? Is it better, in some cases, to love, but from a distance?

I know that the opinion of Jesus is the only one that matters, and as for the others - as Mother Teresa said - "it was never about them anyway." But that doesn't stop me from trying to figure out how to do the "right thing."

So I'll do what we sinful-yet-saved, striving Christians do. I'll pray about it. I'll keep my eyes and heart open. I'll even think about what Jesus would do, and his friends, the saints, as well. Then I'll probably continue on making mistakes and loving very imperfectly.

But I'll keep trying. I know with certainty that Jesus would want me to do that.


Cassie said...

Once, when I was in the middle of making a difficult decision, I was talking it over with a friend and I asked her, "What would Jesus do?" And she said, "Jesus would die on a cross and ask His Father to forgive those who crucified Him. What are you gonna do?" LOL!! I think she was trying to say what you just said. :-)

GrandmaK said...

You posed some valid questions worth reflectiion! Tis the season. There's nothing easy about making some decisions, but if the decisions are made in a sincere belief that what is done is in the best interest of all and in love then I believe the will of God is done. I know the Spirit does not lead us astray and as I look back on those difficult times I really do see the hand of Providence. May God bless you abundantly!!! Cathy

Do Not Be Anxious said...

As my sister lay dying, her husband, my nieces, and I stood around her bed and told her it is okay for her to leave us. She needn't worry about things here. She taught us well and gave us good example. We said we would all wear bracelets saying: WWMD, What Would Mom Do, so that whenever there was something for us to worry about, we knew she would be with us. And we'd know what decisions to make, the right ones.
Sis died that night, and she is always with us. I am so proud of my nieces and their families.

Cathy Adamkiewicz said...

What a beautiful story...thank you for sharing it. I pray that someday my children will think about what I might have done in certain situations, and to be inspired to do the right thing.