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HAVING HUMILITY – written by Tanis Harms
SCRIPTURE: Mt.20:20-28, Mk.10:35-45
Style: drama/conversation: JAMES and JOHN
. flashback to childhood experiences
. as they discuss the importance
. being humble
Cast: JAMES (male adult)
. JOHN (male adult)
. JAMES (male child)
. JOHN (male child)
. BOY 1 - 2
. GIRL 1 - 2
. NARRATOR (optional)
. STAGE LEFT
(As adults, JAMES and JOHN enter, looking defeated.)
JAMES Well, that was embarrassing.
JOHN A complete humiliation, to say the least.
JAMES I do not understand! John, what was so bad
. about asking Jesus if we could sit at His
. right and left side after all of this is over?
JOHN I don’t know. Do you think it was a mistake
. to have Mom help plead our case?
JAMES Who else knows us better than Mom?
JOHN And who else can plead a better case
. than mom? No one says ‘no’ to her!
JAMES (indignantly) Seriously! And –
. What was Jesus talking about –
. if we want to be great –
. we must be – servants – SLAVES!??
JOHN I’m just trying to understand
. where we could have gone wrong?
JAMES Wrong? We’re never wrong. Well,
. we’re not perfect, but we’re definitely
. better than everyone else.
JOHN (becoming reflective) Huh. James,
. do you remember when we were children?
. CENTER STAGE
(As children, JAMES and JOHN enter with GIRLS 1-2,
and BOYS 1-2 following them.)
BOY 1 John! James! Why do you always think
. it should be you guys in charge?
JAMES Because – we’re the best.
JOHN Exactly. Who else should be in charge?
. Not you. (to BOY 2) Certainly not you!
. (to GIRLS 1-2) Definitely not girls.
JAMES Again – we’re the best!
BOY 1 What makes you think that?
JAMES Our mom tells us every day
. that we’re better than all of you.
BOY 2 Seriously? Ah- best at everything?
JAMES Ah, yeah!
GIRL 1 You can bake bread?!
JOHN (waving that off with a psh)
. That’s only women’s work.
GIRL 1 Still!
GIRL 2 So you cannot do everything!
JOHN We don’t have to know how to do that!
. You women will do that for us.
GIRL 1 Still!
GIRL 2 Exactly! So we still CAN do something 2
. that you cannot do.
JAMES You’re only a girl. So what if
. you can make bread. You women
. would be nowhere if it weren’t for us.
GIRL 1 So what if all women stopped making bread,
. and meals? Could you survive?
JOHN Jacob and Esau could make stew.
. We could learn to cook.
GIRL 1 What if we didn’t want to teach you?
JOHN We’ll just figure it out. We’re smart!
JAMES OR – we’ll just find someone else
. to serve us.
BOY 2 And who are YOU going to serve?
JAMES Oh - no, we are not servants.
. We’ll be the boss over everyone.
BOY 2 You’re not the boss of me.
BOY 1 What about God? Are you saying
. that you are above God?
JOHN Ahhhhhh- no! God is above us. But-
. God needs people to rule over His people.
. And we are going to be THAT.
GIRL 1 Oh yeah? So what would be your first orders?
JAMES Make us something to eat!
GIRL 2 What about looking after the poor and needy?
JAMES You all don’t know what you’re talking about.
. People are poor because they aren’t
. working hard enough.
JOHN (motions for JAMES to follow) Come on.
. They’ll see. One day we’ll be in charge
. of things, and THEN – THEY’LL - SEE.
GIRL 2 We may not go to Hebrew school, but we do know
. that the Law says we “shall not oppress
. a hired servant who is poor and needy.”
(JAMES and JOHN stop briefly to think about this.)
BOY 1 The girls are correct.
BOY 2 I’m thinking anyone ruling over people
. should know these things.
(JAMES and JOHN look at each other with a concerned
expression, then quickly walk away with determination.)
. STAGE LEFT
(As adults, JAMES and JOHN continue the conversation.)
JAMES I know we learned those scriptures in
. Hebrew school. I guess we did not believe
. the words being taught. Or, most likely,
. did not WANT to follow the words being taught.
JOHN I suppose if we’re not humble enough to
. serve people, then we’re not humble enough
. to realize that we’re sinful and need saving.
JAMES Jesus keeps talking about a cross, and dying.
. Maybe we’re NOT able to do what He is
. about to do.
. STAGE RIGHT
NAR. 8 “Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them,
. ‘You know that those who are recognized
. as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them;
. and their great men exercise authority
. over them. But it is not this way among you,
. but whoever wishes to become great among you
. shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to
. be first among you shall be slave of all.
. For even the Son of Man did not come
. to be served, but to serve, and to give
. His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)