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COMPLAINING - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: complaining, ask for God’s help
SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:27, Phil.2:4-15, 2 Thess.2:16-17
Style: drama/conversation: a person learns to find joy
. in serving rather than complaining about it
Cast: PERSON 1 & 2
Set & Props: dust cloth, broom (or 2 brooms)
(PERSON 1 is busy dusting/sweeping. PERSON 2 is not
working very hard at all.)
PERSON 2 I HATE cleaning up... It’s one of my least
. favorite jobs... I really hate this.
PERSON 1 "Hate" is a really strong word. You’d have to
. at least admit this is way better than –
. working in an 18th century factory.
PERSON 2 Depends. Am I sweeping up in the 18th century
PERSON 1 What is your problem?
PERSON 2 I just really HATE cleaning –
PERSON 1 Yeah, got that. But why are you complaining?
. Or is that one of the things you LOVE to do?
PERSON 2 I’m just expressing my emotions.
PERSON 1 But why let your emotions make it miserable
. for the rest of us?
PERSON 2 Sorry! I guess I just don’t understand
. why you aren’t as miserable as I am.
PERSON 1 (matter-of-factly) I don’t let my emotions
. control me.
PERSON 2 (defensively) I don’t let my emotions
. control me!
PERSON 1 Sure you do. You’re here whining and 2
. complaining, and you’re not allowing yourself
. to have any fun.
PERSON 2 How can anyone have fun when they're
. doing something they absolutely dislike?
PERSON 1 You choose not to complain – for starts.
. We are told to do everything without complaining.
(PERSON 2 tries to sweep. He/she starts to complain,
but stops himself.)
PERSON 1 Look, we do not have much choice but to clean
. this up. It’s just something that has to be done.
. Why not MAKE it fun... or at least make it
(PERSON 2 sweeps a bit then grunts. Then growls.)
PERSON 2 Sorry, still having problems with this!
. How can God expect something of us
. if it’s impossible?
PERSON 1 All things are possible with God.
PERSON 2 Huh?
PERSON 1 Try to be honest with God, and ask Him
. to “do it FOR you.”
PERSON 2 I’m going to ask God to sweep for me?
. Isn’t that like – sacrilegious?
PERSON 1 No, God tells us that we can ask for anything
. in His name, and He will answer.
. Anything – means anything – and everything.
PERSON 2 It just doesn’t seem very important, is all.
PERSON 1 God knows how many hair are on your head.
. Do you think that’s important for Him to know?
. But He does. Just – do it! Ask.
PERSON 2 Okay. Ahhh...
(PERSON 2 thinks, then looks up in prayer.)
PERSON 2 Dear God, I – really hate sweeping.
. I’m sure You've already heard.
. Ah, and I really don’t want to sweep.
. So if it’s Your will that I don’t,
. please take this burden from me.
(PERSON 1 looks at PERSON 2 with a balk. PERSON 2 looks
back up in prayer.)
PERSON 2 Okay-okay. But if it’s something You
. really want me to do, could You please
. do it for me. – Thank you. Aaannd – amen.
(PERSON 2 starts to sweep. PERSON 1 starts to sing a song.
PERSON 2 slowly joins in, then adds a bounce to his task.
PERSON 1 pauses to observe.)
PERSON 1 So you’re having fun.
PERSON 2 Huh? You know - I am! I should have
. God do EVERYTHING for me.
PERSON 1 Yeah! That’s the idea. Especially since
. God can do everything so much better than we can.
(PERSON 1 and 2 happily sweep their way off stage.)