Yesterday, I made the decision to deny myself.
I’m not entirely sure what that looks like, so I’m going to take it the most literal way that I can and just tell myself no. Often. Like probably most of the time, right?
Do you remember the ‘WWJD’ craze. The bracelets, the T-shirts, the notebooks. Everything was WWJD. I remember making fun of the people who wore it. I would deliberately not talk to any boys who had it because I had deemed them lame, even thought at this time I was also very lame.
But now when I think about it, it wasn’t a bad idea. What would Jesus Do? I think that’s part of the key to understanding what it means to deny ourselves.
Think about how many times you ask yourself what you should do. Or you share with someone else how you would do it.
Now think about what it would look like if you asked yourself what Jesus would do, and then you did it.
Immediately, I think about the cheating. What would Jesus do in my position? Well, that’s an easy one, right? He would forgive and He would love.
I say that’s an easy one, but the more that I think about it, that’s just the answers. That’s what He does. He loves and He forgives.
Can you see how drastically different my life could be if I just loved and forgave? Seriously, there would be no anger, no hate. There would be peace. And mercy. And grace. And holy moly, could you imagine the world we live in if we just practiced those two things.
To deny yourself means you give up the rights to vengeance. It means you let go of paying someone back. It means you completely give it all to Him.
I think in the beginning I’m going to struggle with this. I think I will need the reminder of ‘WWJD’. I think at first it will seem awkward and unnatural. But I can’t expect anyone else to do it if I don’t at least try it myself.
So this is happening. I will love and forgive. Maybe this should be a 30 Day challenge or something? I will love and forgive. No questions asked. Just love and forgive. Because that’s what Jesus would do.
Now if I could just find one of those bracelets.