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FAITH AND PATIENCE REQUIRED – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: choosing to do God's will
SCRIPTURE: Ps.37:9; 1 Cor.13:4; Phil.4:6; James 1:3-11
Style: drama/conversation: people express
. their desires and the different paths
. they are going to choose in order
. to achieve these desires.
. NOTE: Depending on your audience and/or actors,
. you can pick and choose which issues
. you wish to include. You could even
. set this up as if it were the same
. two people as they go through life.
Cast: KID 1-2, TEEN 1-2, STUDENT 1-2,
. ADULT SINGLE 1-2, BUSINESS-PERSON 1-2
Set & Props: set up a microphone that everyone will use,
. use whatever props and dress appropriately
. to look the part
(KID 1-2 enter from the same direction.)
KID 1 Hey, (name), did you see the new (game/toy)
. that just came out?
KID 2 Yeah! It looks so cool.
KID 1 I want that (game/toy) so badly!
KID 2 Me, too!
KID 1 But - my parents said I have to wait.
KID 2 Mine, too!
KID 1 But I want it now!
KID 2 I – can wait.
KID 1 Really? ‘Cause I’m going to do
. whatever it takes to get it NOW!
KID 2 But - it’s really expensive.
KID 1 So you’re just going to sit around 2
. and do nothing?
KID 2 Ah, no, I’m going to pray about it.
KID 1 Like that’s going to help.
KID 2 And maybe do extra chores to earn
. some money.
KID 1 There is a way to get it for “FREE” -
. you know?
KID 2 Yeah, it’s called – waiting until
. Christmas. And even if I don’t ever
. get it, it’s not the worst thing-
KID 1 You’re just too scared! By tomorrow,
. I’m going to be having more fun than you!
KID 2 It’s not like I don’t have other
. (games/toys) to play with.
KID 1 Whatever!
KID 2 You’re willing to steal –
. and maybe get caught and punished -
. just because you can’t wait a little bit?
(KID 1 waves off KID 2’s comment while
KID 1-2 exit in opposite directions.
TEEN 1-2 enter from opposite directions.)
TEEN 1 So (name), what do you think?
. Are you going to go to that party tonight?
TEEN 2 I’m thinking it’s probably not really
. my kind of scene.
TEEN 1 Are you kidding me? This is a way
. to get in with the popular kids.
TEEN 2 Even if my parents let me go to that party,
. I don’t think it’s really worth it.
. Once you’re there, then you have to
. deal with the temptations of doing things
. that are illegal-
TEEN 1 Well, I’m going whether my parents
. let me – or not! If you want to get
. anywhere in life, you have to hang out
. with THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
TEEN 2 I actually agree with your last statement,
. I just do not agree with your definition
. of “the right people.”
TEEN 1 So you WANT to go through life
. without friends and look like a loser?
TEEN 2 And now I’m thinking - we really
. do not understanding each other.
TEEN 1 I’ll agree with you there.
. But while I’m having fun at the party,
. what’re you going be doing?
TEEN 2 Going to youth group.
TEEN 1 Lame!
TEEN 2 See you around.
TEEN 1 Just don’t be surprised if I don’t
. hang out or talk with you ever again.
(TEEN 1-2 exit in opposite directions.
STUDENT 1-2 enter from opposite directions.)
STUDENT 1 Hey, (name), did you go to class last week?
. What am I saying? Of course you went
. to class last week! And you probably
. ask God for wisdom, as well.
STUDENT 2 How is that a bad thing?
STUDENT 1 Sorry I brought that up. Okay, so,
. can I borrow your notes?
STUDENT 2 Why? So I would never see them again?
. You’re welcome to join our study group
. for tomorrow’s exam.
STUDENT 1 Too much work – and too little time!
STUDENT 2 But, if you’re not going to study,
. then why do you need my notes?
STUDENT 1 Um, well, I have my methods of passing.
STUDENT 2 You’re going to rig up some
STUDENT 1 I’d be crazy to admit doing anything
. like that.
STUDENT 2 You’re crazy to DO anything like that.
STUDENT 1 Why? It’s not like I really need to know
. this stuff for the future.
STUDENT 2 But faithfully going to class, taking
. notes, studying- it all builds character-
STUDENT 1 I’ve got plenty of character.
STUDENT 2 By character, I mean - discipline,
. memory capacity, organizational skills-
STUDENT 1 I’m developing other skills! Such as -
. creativity, and efficiency-
STUDENT 2 Those would be fine skills if it included
. honesty and integrity-
STUDENT 1 Well – thanks for nothing!
STUDENT 2 It’s not my fault that you skip class
. then try to cut corners.
STUDENT 1 Whatever!
STUDENT 2 One of these days, you are going
. to get caught and expelled.
(STUDENT 1 waves off STUDENT 2’s comment, then
STUDENT 1-2 exit in opposite directions.
SINGLE ADULT 1-2 enter from opposite directions.)
SINGLE 1 Hey, (name)! Long time no see.
. What have you been up to?
SINGLE 2 I’m really involved in our church,
. I’ve got a job in marketing, and
. now I’m saving up to buy a house-
SINGLE 1 Are you married yet?
SINGLE 2 No, I’m praying for the right person
. to come along-
SINGLE 1 You always think that prayer is the answer.
SINGLE 2 It is. Of course, I also pray for things
. like patience- and strength-
SINGLE 1 Well, you know me, I never like to rely
. on anyone else. I like to do things
. in my own strength. And – I hate waiting.
. I like getting things done in MY time.
SINGLE 2 So, are YOU married yet?
SINGLE 1 No, but I’m going to do whatever it takes.
SINGLE 2 I don’t think I even want to know.
SINGLE 1 And I’m going to marry someone rich,
. so THEY can set me up in life.
SINGLE 2 I thought you liked doing everything
. in your own strength?
SINGLE 1 Hey, it’s all how you look at it.
SINGLE 2 Yeah well, I look at it with great respect!
. Marriage is difficult enough, so I want
. to make sure I don’t get desperate.
SINGLE 1 You think “doing it God’s way” is going
. to be better?
SINGLE 2 Ah, yeah! I’ve noticed that throughout
. my life, whenever I do it my way –
. things do not go so well. And whenever
. I do it God’s way – things work out well.
. God created us and knows us
. better than we know ourselves.
SINGLE 1 Well I know what I want.
SINGLE 2 God knows what we need.
SINGLE 1 Boring!
SINGLE 2 If doing things the wrong way, and getting
. into the wrong kind of relationships -
. is your idea of exciting-
SINGLE 1 You have so little faith in people-
SINGLE 2 That’s – why I put my faith in God.
. We’re told to be thankful and content
. with what we have. And then ask God
. for things that we need- Perhaps,
. before finding the right person to marry,
. I first need to learn how to be
. the right person for them-
SINGLE 1 I’ve never understood you.
SINGLE 2 Well- I’ll
SINGLE 1 Do not say that you’ll be praying for me!
SINGLE 2 You really think that’ll stop me?
SINGLE 1 I’m going hunting for a spouse now!
(SINGLE 1-2 exit in opposite directions.
BUSINESS PERSON 1-2 enter from opposite directions.)
BUSINESS 1 Hello, (name)? It’s been a long time.
BUSINESS 2 Hi, how are things? You work here now?
BUSINESS 1 Yes, yes I do.
BUSINESS 2 Which department?
BUSINESS 1 Ah, ahem, the, ah, as a - junior- ahem-
. executive assistant.
BUSINESS 2 Ah, good for you.
BUSINESS 1 I’m trying to get next in line 7
. for a promotion, though.
BUSINESS 2 Well, this company certainly honors
. hard-working employees.
BUSINESS 1 Eh, there are other ways.
BUSINESS 2 Not – really.
BUSINESS 1 Sure. Like, once they hear the rumors
. about their protégé – she’ll be gone –
BUSINESS 2 Seriously? That will only hurt YOU.
. These things have a way of being found out
. because they investigate all allegations.
. And she’s been a faithful employee
. with the company for a long time,
. so they’re not just going to believe
. anything until proven.
(BUSINESS 2 doesn’t say anything, but
studies BUSINESS 1 with a concerned look.
OR – WHICHEVER CHARACTERS YOU’RE ENDING WITH –
have them apply the appropriate bits of dialogue.)
BUSINESS 2 Why do you do this?
BUSINESS 1 What are you talking about?
BUSINESS 2 I’ve known you for a long time.
. You like to take short cuts-
BUSINESS 1 It’s faster that way.
. (seeing the look, and finally admitting)
. Okay, it isn’t faster at all.
. I mean, it is in a very temporary sense,
. but in the grand scheme of things-
. not so much! I mean –
. I’m close to being fired.
. I’m going through my second divorce.
. I had to change colleges. Before that,
. my parents checked me into rehab.
. And the police always had their eyes on me-
BUSINESS 2 So why don’t you change this?-
BUSINESS 1 Easier said than done! 8
BUSINESS 2 But, you say that you’re a Christian-
BUSINESS 1 I am! I’ve tried the Christian thing.
. It doesn’t work.
BUSINESS 2 Have you really tried? Have you
. tried doing everything God’s way?
BUSINESS 1 I guess I’ve even done Christianity
. MY way, and in my strength. Huh!
. It’s all based on a lifelong habit
. of trying to take shortcuts.
BUSINESS 2 They say to change a habit,
. you have to replace it with a new one.
BUSINESS 1 Just one? I know you’re going to tell me
. that I need to be going to church,
. reading the Bible, praying to God –
. about everything, being faithful-
. and patient- thankful and content-
. blah-blah-blah – and how many rules
. are there to follow?
BUSINESS 2 There’s really only one thing to do.
BUSINESS 1 And what is that?
BUSINESS 2 Put God first in your life.
. All you need to do is make God
. the most important thing in your life!
BUSINESS 1 But, hello! Lifelong habit here
. of putting MYSELF first.
BUSINESS 2 Just because God doesn’t force anyone,
. do you really think your habit
. is stronger than God?
BUSINESS 1 Well – only up until now! I guess, I
. really have not tried the Christian thing!
(BUSINESS-PERSON 1-2 exit in the same direction.)