When I run I like to have something on my person that drives me on and inspires me. However, as it is difficult to navigate a half marathon with a framed photo of Fionnuala and the kids or a litre tub of honeycomb ice cream (it would melt anyway) I have to make do with something smaller. Usually this involves a plastic wristband of some sort with a motivational message on it.

I have built up quite a collection of these over the last few years but have a terrible record of hanging onto them. No matter how much I treasure them, at some point I will take the wristband off, set it down somewhere and promptly forget about it. In the time/space anomaly that is our house it will be subsumed into a parallel universe where all lost things go (along with about 3468 odd socks belonging to me) never to be seen again. 

So it was with extra trepidation and care that I purchased my latest wristband last Friday. I planned to buy a plain, non descript band that I could wear all the time irrespective of where I was or what I was doing. That way I would be less inclined to remove it and misplace it. It had to be understated yet meaningful. I eventually opted for a slim, black one with a Bible verse embossed on it, also in black:

1 John 2:6 – ‘Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did’. 

Having paid the grand sum of 99 pence for it (hey big spender) I slipped it on and went about my business for the remainder of the day. It was only later when I was having another nosey at the band that I noticed there was other writing embossed on it; the letters WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? Thinking about it, I realised that this tied in perfectly with the accompanying Bible verse. There is little point being a follower of Jesus and admiring his teachings and actions if you fail to replicate them in your own life.

What did Jesus do? Well, he did a lot in his thirty odd years on the planet and especially in the final three as part of his earthly ministry. He taught, he healed but most of all, he loved. He loved. Family, friends, enemies, the people who eventually killed him. It didn’t matter. He loved them all equally and unreservedly. But he afforded a special place for those that felt most undeserving of that love. I call them the broken. The outcasts, the thieves, the debt collectors, the prostitutes. They were the people he most loved to have around him. They were the people he most loved to love.

When was the last time you loved one of the broken? That drunk guy you see every morning on your daily commute to work? The woman at the grocery store who isn’t very good at hiding her bruises? The little kid in the playground who always seems to be on their own? Because we all know what Jesus would do. But what are you going to do?

I challenge us all today to step outside of our comfort zone and love one of the broken people. Because I truly believe that we are currently in a place in our personal journeys to help someone who needs us. Jesus lives through us. Instead of ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ I should instead be thinking along the lines of ‘What Is Stephen doing?’ For in a world of Texas floods, terrorist attacks and missile tests we all need love more than ever before. Be a part of that today.

Do you have a favourite wristband?

How do you intend to love like Jesus today?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

21 thoughts on “#WISD?

  1. I loved this, thank you๐Ÿ˜ I don’t have a favorite wrist band, but I’ve worn the same two bracelets for years. One says ‘you are my sunshine’ and the other, ‘my only sunshine’. This represents my song with my mom. She was in a life-threatening accident when I was in middle school. Singing this song made her heart monitor jump when she was in a coma. It was my only hope for 4 months โค
    Your post has inspired me to love like Jesus by giving. I initially was going to sell all of my furniture, but found a couple that is just starting out on their own for the first time. I feel compelled by Jesus to gift them all of my furniture. I would like to do more random acts of giving and sacrifice daily, so it becomes second nature.

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  2. I have a favorite turquoise necklace that my daughter gave me one Christmas that reminds me of her and how much I love, appreciate and admire the woman she is. And that all the bumps in the road I hit when she was a child are smoothed out.


  3. I really love this idea!!!I have a lot of wrist bands from different places but I do tend to lose them after a few weeks or months.For half marathons I like to write a quote on my wrist or hand or dedicate the race to someone.


  4. Thank you for the reminder that we are all in a point in our journies where we can help someone. No matter how crazy our problems seem, there are people dealing with even worse situations.


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