Sunday, December 8, 2002

Taking Aim
(Author Unknown)

One Sunday, Sally walked into her Sunday School class and knew they were in for another fun day. On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Pastor Josh told the kids to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry. He said, “You’re going to have a chance to release some of your frustrations by throwing darts at that 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 zits on the face. Sally was pleased at 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 but was disappointed when Pastor Josh, 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, Pastor Josh 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 out.

Pastor Josh didn’t say anything for a moment but then quoted Matthew 25:40: "In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brothers, you have done it unto Me."

No other words were necessary; as the stunned and, for some, tear-filled eyes of each student focused only on the picture of Christ.

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