“Just ask yourself, what would Jesus do? Does it sound like love?”
The most recent Executive Speaker with YCP Cleveland’s series, Brian Lombardi, was a humbling experience. With Young Catholic Professionals series, those of us who have been lucky enough to attend, have gotten to know a little about each talented individual’s story. However, Lombardi hit me in a different way.
There were a lot of practical tips and facts he shared with the listening audience. In fact, I’m hoping to incorporate a few of them into my daily life. Things such as praying at work, setting goals you can’t achieve without God, and seeking Jesus in others’ eyes.
But for me, I’m a simple person. For me, it needs to be profound enough to challenge me and simple enough to remember easily.
Near the end of his talk, he mentioned something that he was told to do. “Just ask yourself, what would Jesus do? Does it sound like love?” Unlike most of the people that attended on Tuesday evening, this area stuck with me the most.
Maybe it stems from the fact that I’m a 90s kid. For those of us Christians who attended some version of Bible school back in the day, we received little bracelets. WWJD: What Would Jesus Do?
It became a joke. Don’t get me wrong! There was a serious aspect to it. But as a kid when something is preached to you often… you joke about it. Yet as years went on, everyone’s free WWJD bracelets disappeared and I couldn’t get rid of mine.
When Lombardi said “What would Jesus do?” my ears perked up and I felt my 9-year-old self ready to make a joke. But then he ended it in a way that shocked me by in the simplicity of it.
“Does it sound like love?”
Does the way I’m directing a volunteer to make a change to a project sound like love? Does the way I’m answering the phone to another question we have clearly on our website sound like love? Does the way I’m walking into the office after a late night and saying hi to my boss sound like love?
One of my most favorite things about saints is the common factor that when around them others never questioned the sincerity of the saint’s intentions. St. Teresa of Calcutta loved even when she felt emptiness in herself. St. Pope John Paul II loved his would-be assassin even as he had human fear for his life. St. Francis of Assisi loved his fellow man with leprosy even as he fought his human repulsion to it.
The saints aren’t famous for their writings, things they intercede for, or even the cool miracles they did. The saints are known first and foremost for the way they mimic the Lord. And lucky for us, the Lord is Pure Love.
So why not? Why not ask yourself the question… What does Jesus do? Why not whip out that old bracelet with rainbow colors and 4 little letters? Why not challenge yourself to send up a little prayer asking God every time you answer the phone to answer with Love?
All the tips that Brian Lombardi shared were valuable and good. Ironically, he didn’t even spend a lot of time on this tip I’m highlighting. But God works outside of time. He works outside of constraints, walls, sins, fears, hesitations, and even language.
God works through Love.
So I’d like to challenge you when you go to work tomorrow, look that person in the eye and pray “Does it sound like love?”