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And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)

W.W.J.D. stand for “What Would Jesus Do”. This became popular after Janie Tinklenberg read a book in 1989 and had taken the message of “What would Jesus do” to heart. She came up with an idea to use it in her job as a youth leader at a church in Holland, Michigan where she encouraged her students to think about this daily. To make sure the kids didn’t forget, she decided to apply the slogan on something wearable.

Most people don’t know that the book she read in 1989 that inspired her was written by a Kansas preacher and author named Charles Sheldon in 1897 called “In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?”, which sold over 30 million copies

I wanted to share a little history about something that became such a mainstream success with merchandise such as bracelets, wristbands, hats, t-shirts, etc. The intentions behind the message for Charles and Janie were pure. However, things quickly started becoming commercial and the true message was being lost. Big companies took control and WWJD as a trend disappeared, but the message still lives on.

I may not wear the wristband anymore, but I often ask, “What would Jesus do?” in many of the decisions I make today. This phrase has impacted my life, but in order for this phrase to work effectively in your life, you have to develop a relationship with Jesus in order to know what He would do. So let the message live on in your life, “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?”


Deacon Michael Carpenter
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