Saturday, July 16, 2011


I received this today and could not help myself; I had to post this and the thoughts that came with it.

Jesus Christ said; "Love your enemies, do good
to those who hate you, bless those who
curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."
(Luke 6:27-28 *NIV)

Dear Pat,
as you know it is written; 'Love your neighbor as
yourself.' (Matthew 19:19 & Leviticus: 18.)
So today I would like to share with you a message that was
sent to me by one of our subscriber's. May it minister to you
as it has to me? It is titled.....

The 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 Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons.
Now 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 some-
one 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 very
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. Needless to
say 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.

It was then that Dr. Smith said only these words... 'Assuredly,
I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the
least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.'
(Matthew 25:40.) No other words were necessary; as tears
filled eyes of the students, as they focused only on the mangled
picture of Jesus Christ.
( Author Unknown )


Here are a few thoughts that came to me……That picture could be the self that is ruling our thoughts about wanting to change our eating, alcohol, drug or whatever habit that you might have that is keeping you tied up in self. When we take the picture of self away, we see Jesus here too, He loves us and wants the very best for us. Yes, we have tribulations and disasters in our lives but they are not from God, they may be allowed by God, because He is trying to bring us to a place to serve Him and glorify Him. I know people say if He loved us so much why doesn’t He make everything perfect, because it wouldn’t help us, we wouldn’t love Him any more because we would just feed self again. Because we want what we want for gratification of self. Just a few thoughts to ponder on, I know I’m pondering on them because I had not thought of self and Jesus being there taking my darts that I throw at myself over eating and many other bad habits. Just remember these are my thoughts that I’m sharing with you in hopes that it might help us as we take steps together on this journey of losing weight and getting healthy. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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1 comment:

Carolyn said...

The "Dart Test" gives great thought to doing for others, good or bad. Staying in God's special place for me each day is sometimes very hard, but my deepest desire is to live close enough to Him that I will know what His plans are for me. It never ends, we will be there at the end. Never quit and let each day move us closer to Jesus. Thanks, Pat.