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Submitted by Debra Stitt QEagle@aol.com 5 Oct 2000
A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says Dr. Smith was 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 girlfriend drew a picture of a girl 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 a the overall effect she had achieved.
The class lined up and began throwing darts, with much laughter and hilarity. 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 complete 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 these words, "In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." No other words were necessary; the tear-filled eyes of each student focused only on the picture of Christ.
"And the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' Matthew 25:40
Commentary by Debra Stitt - 5 Oct 2000
Sometimes I sit and think about disappointments in life and people that have hurt me deeply. I wonder what motivates people to do the things they do. I've been so mad at times that I've just been beside myself as to what to do about it. Granted, it takes a lot to put me over the top but I must say, I'm pretty ugly once I'm there. I really don't like that place at all!!!!! It's almost like I'm another person -- out of control of my anger and emotions. More often than not, I cry because anything else would simply be, well . . . . The sad thing is, even though I may not always express everything inside, God sees it! And, since I'm human, I've said and done things that I can't take back.
On the flip-side, I forgive easily. I go right back for seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths, etc. I try to talk about it and work through it. Many people tell me I'm nuts and I'm just asking to be let down again. My take on it? I look inside
I hope this is meaningful to you. It made me catch my breath and thank God for His Grace.
Commentary by Peter - 5 Oct 2000
Thanks Debra for the timely note, it tells the whole story. For me it is actually the second part of salvation from Jesus. His sacrifice is the cause of our salvation (1st part) and the fulfillment of His transforming power (2nd part) - like Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus or hundreds of other demonstrations of His instantaneous transformation (James 4:7,8) on us and also the continual Spiritual growth (2 Cor 3:18). Once I accepted His promises and trusted Him totally, then the darts did not matter any more. Thanks again and all in His wonderful grace, Peter
Commentary from Frank L. Hoffman - 8 Oct 2000
Dear Veggie Friends:
The story that Debra submitted on 5 Oct 2000, Taking Aim, brings up a very dominant and tragic aspect of our culture, which we Christians are not even to consider in our minds - the taking of vengeance.
Many of those future Christian leaders were very skillfully led into taking symbolic revenge on someone they "disliked" or had a problem with. The tragedy is that such a thing can and does take place in our churches because we are not wholly Christ's. This happens when we don't let the Holy Spirit totally enter every aspect of our lives. It happens because we cannot separate the sin from the sinner, and see in the sinner the person the Lord desires him or her (and ourselves) to be.
When we learn to love unconditionally, we could never even consider throwing a dart at anyone, even a verbal one. We could only pray for them, or perhaps add them to our Christmas card list. We help bring people to repentance with love, which convicts the heart and soul. Anger and vengeance only fan the flames of our differences and push us further from the Lord's grace and mercy. We are to love and always be ready to forgive.
In the Love of the Lord,
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