It’s time for a confession. Not just for me – but for everyone. It’s time for everyone to be honest about how many W.W.J.D. bracelets you wore. Not how many you had (because we all had a variety of different colors). No, I mean how many did you wear on any one occasion. I know, I know. This takes vulnerability. Honesty. Transparency. Authenticity…I get that. So I’ll go first.
There were a few months, when I wore four W.W.J.D. bracelets at one time. I’m almost positive that I had red, blue, black and a rainbow bracelet.
It was 1997. I was a junior in high school. And I was a BIG fan of the W.W.J.D. bracelets (if for some reason, you have no idea what we’re talking about, W.W.J.D. stands for What Would Jesus Do? Perhaps this shirt would have caught on more…). I loved them – I thought that if you were a Christian, you should without a doubt be wearing a bracelet; otherwise, how else would you stay pure and safe from all of the worldly evils seeking to tempt and trap us?
It’s a little sad that I can even remember one occasion specifically when I was wearing my four W.W.J.D. bracelets. I was a junior in high school visiting a friend in college (at WWU) and went to a spodi party. I was approached by a young college girl who noticed my four brightly colored W.W.J.D. bracelets and asked me, “So…What Would Jesus Do huh? What does Jesus think of all this….?” Immediately I got a big grin on my face and proudly responded, “Well – Jesus turned water into wine, so…I’m sure he’s fine with it!”
Wow. I’m glad those W.W.J.D. bracelets were really doing some good.
So, now it’s your turn. What’s your memory of the W.W.J.D. bracelet phenomenon? Did they work for you? Did you wear as many as four at one time? What was your favorite color of bracelet? It’s time to take a trip down your Christian-kitsch-memory-lane and spend some time reminiscing about the W.W.J.D. bracelets.