Sunday, September 18, 2005

The Dart Test

Another great email...makes one think.

Dart Test

A young lady named Sally , relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says that Dr. Smithwas known for his elaborate object lessons.One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day.On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture.Sally's friend drew a picture of who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall effect she had achieved.

The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target.

Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall.Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.Dr. Smith said only these words...

" In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have
done it unto Me." Matthew 25:40


No other words were necessary; the tears filled eyes of the students focused only on the picture of Christ.

9 comments:

Suzii said...

Makes ya think. Sometimes in life... I think we forget just how much Jesus IS involved in everything we do.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I've also been sent that several times in the past. Every time I read it, it gives me the same set of shivers. Thanks for the memory. God Bless!

BHGA said...

WOW !

Matthew said...

Yes, this one makes you think. I don't shiver because I've kind of taken to trying to learn this lesson every day anyway, trying to think of people I know as Jesus... People I would have used to consider to be enemies. But I still haven't really learned the lesson.

Zoanna said...

Mm. I'm stunned. I have never seen that. But I wondered if there might be a really rotten feeling coming along after the darts were thrown. I also wondered if maybe the lesson would be that this is how Satan treats us? Mocking us, slinging arrows at us in front of those who we're "in class" with (ie other Christians), accusing the brethren, trying to rip us apart w/ condemnation whenever he can.

I'll pass this along via your blog.

Maggie Ann said...

Oh my, how poignant and what a truth in that illustration!.....also, thanks for leaving me a comment at Knitting Kat. A quilted table runner would be stronger, thats a good idea. And a taprestry would be good if someone were making one for a man. Happy Sunday to you Shelley!

Paula said...

Such a great example! I think we forget who we're really hurting when we do or say bad things to other people. Thanks for your comment at my site. I am feeling much better and enjoying catching up with all my blogging friends. Let me know when test time begins and I will pray for you to be stress free!

Your Sister In Christ,

steve said...

i love this story. Its one I have heard a couple times and each time it still has the same impact

Jennifer said...

WOW. Everytime I come over here I say "WOW". And I have something in my eye....where's the Kleenex?