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BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT (video) - written by Tanis Harms
. (or script version option for more actors)
SCRIPTURE: 1 Thess.5:11; Luke 6:27-57
Style: comedy/conversation: a person helps
. out a friend practice encouragement
Cast: SAMANTHA, TERRY
(SAMANTHA meets up with TERRY.)
SAM Hi Terry.
TERRY Hey, Samantha.
SAM So, aren’t you – the – top dog – today!
SAM Oh, I’m working on trying to encourage people.
TERRY YOU – have to work on THAT?
. I thought it just came naturally.
SAM Oh no, not really. Hey, maybe you could
. help me practice.
TERRY Okay, sure. Ah, how do I do that exactly?
SAM Ahhhh, oh, I know! You could come up
. with concerns or problems, and then
. I’ll try to say something to encourage you.
TERRY Okay. Ah, let me think. Oh, I got it.
(TERRY clears his throat and then begins to shake.)
SAM What’s wrong?
TERRY I’m – just getting into my character.
SAM Oh, okay. Continue then.
TERRY Ahem... (starts shaking again) 2
. I’m so nervous! I have a piano recital tomorrow,
. and I’m afraid I’m going to make mistakes.
SAM Then you probably WILL make a mistake. Usually
. when you think you will make a mistake – you do.
TERRY (buzzer-type-noise) EH!
SAM What was that for?
TERRY That was the buzzer to say
. “THAT was SO not encouraging!”
SAM Oh, sorry, let me try again here...
. just let me think.
TERRY (singing) Do-do-do-do - do-do-do-do – (etc.)
SAM Now what are you doing?
TERRY That’s the thinking music.
SAM That’s really not working for me.
TERRY Oh. Sorry. How about I just say my line again,
. and you come up with a different way
. to encourage me.
TERRY Ahem. I’m so nervous! I have a piano recital
. tomorrow, and I’m afraid I’m going to
. make mistakes.
SAM Eh, just accept the fact that you will make
. a mistake. You’re not that good anyway.
SAM Oh, ah... yeah that wasn’t so good. Okay,
. wait, I know... I know that you’ve been
. practicing a lot. I’ll be praying for you,
. that you will do your very best.
TERRY Hey, that was pretty encouraging actually.
SAM Yeah? Okay. Let me try another one! 3
TERRY Okay, let me see. Oh, I got one.
. I’m so very frustrated right now.
. I’m trying to help this older person with their
. house chores, but they keep complaining,
. like nothing I do for them is ever good enough.
SAM Oh yeah, I totally know the type.
. I just hate critical people like that.
. Like nosey Mrs. Shoemaker down the street,
. who always complains– about everything!
. Like SHE can do any better? She is so picky,
. and then she turns around and gossips!
TERRY EH! Ah, now you are gossiping.
SAM Oops. Sorry. That was wrong to say.
. Okay, aaah, oh. - You should just quit.
. Especially because we’re supposed to serve
. one another with joy. Well, if you cannot
. feel any joy – that’s a deal breaker.
. Serving people should always be fun.
SAM What was the matter with that one?
TERRY Aren’t we supposed to love our neighbors,
. and enemies, and serve each other,
. no matter what?
SAM But with joy and love!
TERRY Yeah, but wouldn’t it make sense that
. we should change our own attitudes?
SAM You’re right. Okay, this is my response then.
. Maybe they had a bad day, or they’re in
. a lot of pain. They are probably really nice,
. and just want to give you some guidance on how
. to do the job better. But you really should
. believe the best of them. I’m sure deep down,
. they really appreciate your efforts. And if not,
. that’s their issue to take up with God.
. Meanwhile, you’ve done what you can. Just keep
. being nice. You’re doing an awesome job.
TERRY Now - that – was pretty encouraging!
SAM Really? Yay! Okay, another one please!
TERRY Okay. Ahhh... Ahem. I’m so afraid. My mom
. is really sick. She had to go to the hospital
. last night. And I’m not sure what’s going
. happen. It just doesn’t look good at all.
SAM Oh, I know a kid whose Dad died. That was so
. tragic. They had to sell their house and move
. to another town, with another school.
. Life was over for that kid.
TERRY EH! How depressing!
SAM Oh, sorry. Ah, what about... Maybe your mom
. has sin in her life. Has she asked for
. forgiveness for EVERYTHING? She’s probably
. being punished for something.
TERRY EH! Now you’re judging her?
SAM Oh, you’re right... Sorry. Oh, how about...
. Let us know if you need anything? Meanwhile,
. we will be praying for your mom that she gets
. better soon. And we’ll be praying for you and
. the rest of your family, that you will
. have peace about all of this.
TERRY MUCH better.
SAM Whew! How about another one. I think
. I’m starting to get it.
TERRY Okay... OOOO- I’m so angry. This bully keeps
. picking on me, and I’m about to blow up.
SAM And you should! He totally deserves it!
SAM Ahhh, I’ve seen you dish it out and do
. mean things to other people. So, I’m thinking,
. maybe you deserve what you’re getting.
TERRY EH! 5
SAM Ah, yeah, that sounded so good in my head.
. Oh! how about- You should talk to your parents.
. They can help you. And we can walk to school
. together so you can feel safer. Then if we
. cannot avoid him, we can try being nice to him.
. Sometimes people like that are really just
. hurting inside.
TERRY I think you ARE getting the hang of it.
SAM How about one more?
TERRY (very sadly) No, I’m totally out of ideas.
. I’m just not that creative.
SAM What? You are so creative. You should totally
. be a writer, or something.
TERRY Ahhhh, Ding-ding-ding-ding!
SAM What’s that?
TERRY Gotcha! That was my other problem-test!
. AND you did it! First try, too.
. You were totally encouraging!
SAM Oh, I did! – I did it – without even knowing!
. Yay! You are such a great friend.
TERRY Ding-ding-ding-ding – you did it again!
SAM Yay! Come on, let’s go find someone to
. encourage, for real!