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HELPING WITH RIGHT MOTIVE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        giving and serving others
SCRIPTURE:    Matthew 6:1-4
Style:        drama/conversation: a man keeps serving
.             and giving to a cantankerous woman
.             without ever receiving a personal reward
.             for doing so
Cast:         MAN (always pleasant), WOMAN (bitter)
.             (either character could actually be
.              almost anybody of any age)
Set & Props:  something that acts as a doorway, shovel,
.             disposable food hamper, tattered blanket,
.             shopping bag, blanket, housecoat, slippers


(LIGHTS come up.  MAN pretends to shovel a walkway.
WOMAN sticks her head out from the doorway and
sourly yells out at him.  WOMAN has a tattered blanket
wrapped around her shoulders which she hugs to her body.)

WOMAN  Who’s there?  What are you doing?!

MAN    (continues shoveling)  Oh, hello Ms. Watson.
.      It’s me, George.  I’m just shoveling your walkway.

WOMAN  I didn’t ask for that.  Now go away.

MAN    I’m almost finished.

WOMAN  You just want my money!  I’m not paying you
.      a cent!

MAN    I can promise you, Mrs. Watson, I don’t want
.      any money.

WOMAN  Then what DO you want?

MAN    I just want to help shovel all this snow.

WOMAN  I don’t care about that, I don’t want anybody
.      coming here anyway.

(WOMAN nods her determination on the issue.)
.                                                       2
MAN    Well, I don’t want you getting hurt while
.      you’re out getting your mail.

WOMAN  I don’t get any mail.  Now, get going.

MAN    I’m done now.  I’m going.  You have a nice day,
.      Mrs. Watson.

WOMAN  (muttering)  Nice day, my foot.  My foot’ll
.      be somewhere nice if you don’t leave me alone.

(Lights fade as WOMAN goes back inside with a scowl.)

(Lights come back up as MAN approaches the door
with a food hamper.  MAN knocks on the door and
waits patiently.  MAN knocks again.)

WOMAN  (voice)  Go away!  I don’t want any.

MAN    (still pleasant, but louder)  Now, Mrs. Watson,
.      I’m not leaving until you answer the door.

(MAN waits patiently for the door to open.  
WOMAN peeks out while hugging the tattered blanket
tightly to her body as her hands shiver up and down.)

WOMAN  Oh, it’s you again!  NOW what do you want?

(WOMAN disguises her chill with angry twitches.)

MAN    Good evening, Mrs. Watson.

WOMAN  What’s good about it?  What are you up to now?
.      I have a gun here.

MAN    No you don’t.

WOMAN  Well, what’s this about?

MAN    You know.

WOMAN  I hate guessing games.  People always trying
.      to trick you.

MAN    Mrs. Watson, we had some extra supper,
.      so I brought some over.
.                                                       3
WOMAN  What is WRONG with your wife?!  Doesn’t she know
.      how to cook proper portions?  Seems every day
.      she’s making too much.

MAN    (chuckling)  Yeah that’s about right, Mrs. Watson.
.      That would be my wife.  And, ah, you are really
.      helping me out here, if you’d help me eat this.
.      I’m trying to lose a bit of weight, you know.

WOMAN  Well, I can see that you should!  Maybe
.      I should chase you out of here so you get
.      your exercise too!  Now, go away!

MAN    Sure thing, Mrs. Watson.  I’m just going
.      to leave this here - and go now.

(MAN puts the bag down on the ground, and waves
as he walks away.  WOMAN twitches her mouth sourly
as she watches him.  Lights fade as she snatches the bag
to bring inside.)

(Lights come up.  MAN comes to the door with a big
shopping bag and knocks on the door.  MAN knocks again.)

MAN    Mrs. Watson?  I know you’re home.  Are you okay?
.      Mrs. Watson?  If you don’t answer me soon I’ll-

WOMAN  (voice)  Now don’t be knocking down my door!
.      Just - go away.

MAN    So you’re okay?

WOMAN  (voice)  No I’m not okay!  When am I ever okay?

MAN    If you’re hurt, I can get help-

WOMAN  (voice)  I’m fine!  Just the usual pain.

MAN    You sure now?

WOMAN  (voice)  Did you want me to lose my voice too?

MAN    Okay-okay, just wanted to make sure.

WOMAN  (voice)  Are you STILL THERE?  Your wife is going
.      to start wondering.
.                                                       4
MAN    (shakes his head with a very quiet chuckling)
.      This was her idea, Mrs. Watson.  She bought
.      these things, aaaand, they are the wrong size,
.      it seems.

WOMAN  (voice)  Your wife needs some serious help.

MAN    Well, she actually does.  She just had some
.      knee surgery, so I’m going to just leave
.      this right here.  Okay?...  Good night,
.      Mrs. Watson.

(MAN puts the shopping bag down and walks away.
Once MAN is gone, WOMAN pokes her head out and looks to
make sure he’s not coming back.  WOMAN then looks down.
Opening up the bag, she pulls out a beautiful blanket.
Quickly she puts it around her shoulders in place of the
tattered blanket.  Seeing that there is more in the bag,
she pulls out a lovely thick housecoat and slippers.
Visibly touched, she puts her head down and clutches
them close.  Light fades.)


PASTOR  The right motive for serving - comes from
.       loving God, and loving others.  From this comes
.       life change.  This was just one such example.
.       Even when we try to reach out to people -
.       we may never see or know the results.