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ATTITUDE IN GIVING / SERVING - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: motive of love in: giving or serving
SCRIPTURE: 2 Cor.9:7 or Joshua 22:5
Style: allegory/conversation: a husband gives
. a gift to his wife with a bad attitude,
. diminishing the value of the gift
. in the wife’s eyes
Cast: Husband, Wife, Narrator
Set & Props: flowers, garbage can
(WIFE rushes to HUSBAND when he enters with flowers.)
WIFE Oh, how lovely! Flowers! You remembered
. our anniversary!
HUSBAND All your subtle reminders certainly helped.
WIFE Okay. I just know from past years – well –
. we’re all forgetful, aren’t we? Whatever.
. This is very sweet.
(HUSBAND casually hands the flowers to WIFE.)
HUSBAND Whatever. I figured flowers would be
. the obvious choice.
WIFE They’re very nice.
HUSBAND Good! I got them on sale.
WIFE Oookay... Will there be something else, then?
HUSBAND You’re expecting more? I fulfilled my
. obligations, you know. I got you something.
WIFE (sarcastically) Oh! How romantic.
HUSBAND What do you expect? I’m a busy guy just
. trying to build my empire.
WIFE YOUR empire? Without my help, you wouldn’t
. be where you are –
HUSBAND Honey, you’ve never worked for me.
WIFE Excuse me, if that’s how you feel: 2
. I raise your children, I clean your home,
. I cook your food –
HUSBAND Of course. We all have to pull our weight.
WIFE Without me, you'd have to do your own
. shopping, do your own laundry –
HUSBAND You don’t have to belabor this.
. And if I didn’t have you, I’d just
. hire someone to do all those things.
WIFE But this way you don’t have to PAY me,
HUSBAND Oh! I pay! I got you flowers, didn’t you?
WIFE Why? To earn my favor so I’ll continue
. to do all these things for you?
HUSBAND Hey, you expected something, I did my duty.
. Why can’t you just be happy with that?
WIFE I would hope - you’d just – WANT to do that
. for me. It really feels - like you think
. you’re number one, and the rest of us
. are all just - a – duty – a drudgery.
HUSBAND What about me? I work hard and you all
. benefit from that. How do you thank me?
WIFE I - just made your favorite meal,
. and rented your favorite movie for tonight.
HUSBAND So – don’t my flowers mean ANYTHING to you?
WIFE Unfortunately, not when I get flowers with
. that sort of attitude. They kind of lose
. their meaning. (drops flowers into garbage can)
HUSBAND I gave you a bigger house last year.
WIFE You could give me a castle in Europe, but to
. give it to me for this reason and in this way,
. it would STILL mean nothing.
(IF FOR SERVING:)
NARRATOR How does your serving God compare to this? 3
Do you serve Him with all your heart and soul?
What would your service MEAN to God?
(OR IF FOR GIVING:)
NARRATOR How does your giving to God compare to this?
Are you a cheerful giver?
. What WOULD your gifts mean to God?