A teacher entered his class one day and told all of his students, seated across the classroom, to wad up a piece of paper.
He then said they would have one shot to make a basket from their desk, into the trashcan near his desk at the front of the room.
While the students in the front quickly began wadding up their papers and getting ready for their shot, there was some rumbling from behind them.
Some of the students in the back questioned the fairness of the whole set up.
The teacher said, “What do you mean, it isn’t fair? Didn’t I say that each one of you would get a shot?”
At this point, some of the students in front chimed in, lending their voices of support for the teacher’s sentiments.
But, slowly, a few of the students up front turned around to get a better look at the situation behind them.
Then some light bulbs went off…
…and a very candid and enlightening conversation ensued.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:17-18 ESV).