A young student named Sally relates an experience she had in class, given By her teacher, whom we'll call Brother Smith. She says Brother Smith was known for his elaborate graphic lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into 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. Brother Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry. He would then allow them to throw darts at their enemy's picture.
Sally's girlfriend (on her right) drew a picture of a girl who
had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend (on her left) drew a picture of
his little brother. Sally drew a picture of Brother Smith, putting a
great deal of detail into her drawing. 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, and was filled with disappointment when Brother
Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their
As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't
have a chance to throw any darts at her target, Brother 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 out. Brother Smith said only these words,
"Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you
have done it unto Me." (Matthew 25:40) No other words were necessary;
the tear-filled eyes of each student focused only on the picture of
Christ. The students remained in their seats even after the bell rang,
then slowly left the classroom, tears streaming down their faces.
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and minister
for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org - November 15, 2000.