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What Would Your Jesus Do?

The next time you hear someone ask the now (in)famous question “what would Jesus do” in reference to a real-life situation, try to pay careful attention to the answer. I’ll bet that more often than not it will involve something to do with helping, accepting, and/or loving people.

And that’s certainly understandable. After all, Jesus wasn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty to help people (figuratively and literally!). He often associated with people that others found culturally and morally objectionable. And of course, no one has ever loved like Jesus loved.

It’s hard to overestimate how important these descriptions are to understanding who Jesus is. But as crucial as they may be, they don’t give us the whole picture.

A Nine-Year-Old, a Rainstorm, and the Grace of God

rain-122691_640I heard my wife clearly say it. “Don’t get wet!”

And then I heard the door going outside to our garage open and close. Somewhere in the back of my mind I thought, “That’s not good.” I wish I could say I responded well to what came next.

To set the scene: imagine the borderline chaos that boils up at the Tiemeyer household each morning shortly before I leave to take the kids to school. While I’m getting ready for work, my wife is usually shepherding our kids through all the necessary steps. Shoes need to be put on. Lunches packed. Backpacks accounted for. Fights interrupted. Bless-your-heart attempts at dressing changed out. And so on.

On this particular morning, my oldest had either gotten all his things together already (unusual) or he was forgetting the need to do so (more likely). And so out the door he went. His loves to be outside, and his current near obsession is throwing a tennis ball against our garage door. On this morning, however, it was raining. Not sprinkling. Raining. Fairly hard. Thus my wife’s instruction.

And so, what did I see when I raised the garage door as I went out to my car?