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IT’S YOUR CHILD’S LIFE - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: relationships, spiritual guidance,
Style: allegory/spoof on game show: a parent is
. challenged on their thinking that they
. should not offer spiritual guidance
. to their children
Cast: Host (of show), assistant, parent, child
Set & Props: a cart with a plate of food and sheet,
. a cart with a vase of knives and sheet,
(HOST steps out with ASSISTANT, who waves and
blows kisses to the congregation.)
HOST Welcome to – It’s Your Child’s Life! A show
. that actually tests one’s parenting skills.
. Our guest today is Marg.
(ASSISTANT guides an unsure MARG out and motions to her
with big arm gestures.)
HOST Welcome to the show, Marg. Do you have
. any idea why you are here today?
MARG No idea.
HOST Well, we are here to see what kind of parent
. you are. You have a son, is that correct?
MARG Oh, yes I do – Devon – he’s my pride and joy.
HOST Is he now? And how would you assess
. your own parenting skills?
MARG I would say - that I’m an excellent parent.
HOST Why would you say that?
MARG Well, I’m a Christian, so I trust God
. to help me be the best parent possible.
HOST Really? How so?
MARG I – try to teach him what is right 2
. and wrong, and how to respect the law,
. and respect people. I show my son
. that I love him by taking care of him.
. And I try to tell him that I love him
. every day, at least once in the morning
. and once before bedtime.
HOST And do you tell him how much God loves him?
MARG Ohhhh, I don’t want to force my beliefs
. onto him. He’s pretty smart, so I’m sure
. he’ll figure it out on his own. I want
. to let him discover that for himself.
. Right? It’s a personal decision.
. They need to make up their own minds.
HOST So you don’t guide your child
. in spiritual matters at all?
. You don’t read the Bible to him,
. or take him to Sunday School?
MARG No, he prefers to stay at home and
. play video games. It’s his choice.
HOST You don’t care?
MARG Of course I care. I pray for him every day.
. I just don’t want to force him
. to learn about God, and then have him
. reject it. That - would be bad.
HOST Really? Well, THIS is - your child’s life!
(ASSISTANT guides a blindfolded DEVON out, then motions
to him with her arms and big gestures.)
MARG Oh, that’s my wonderful, smart baby.
DEVON (embarrassed) Moooommmm.
HOST Notice that he is blindfolded.
. This is reflective of the fact
. that he is not yet a Christian.
. He is still spiritually blind.
DEVON What’s a Christian?
(ASSISTANT wheels out the first cart and motions to it.)
HOST It is about believing and trusting 3
. in God. This cart symbolizes
. the spiritual food that you need
. in order to learn more about God and
. the wonderful eternal life that
. He wants you to have.
(ASSISTANT takes the sheet off to reveal a plate of food,
and motions to it with grand arm movements.)
HOST Can you smell that, Devon?
DEVON (sniffing) Well now that you mention it, yes.
. It’s everywhere. I just don’t know
. which direction it’s coming from.
(ASSISTANT wheels out the second cart and motions to it.)
HOST Now, you must be careful. Right now,
. your life is leading to destruction.
(ASSISTANT takes the sheet off to reveal a vase
of knives, and motions to it with big but careful
HOST This cart symbolizes that life
. leading to destruction
. which is a life without God.
. And it leads to an ETERNAL life without God
. and thus an eternal life without anything good.
. It would be an eternal life
. of suffering and pain.
DEVON (shrugging) Whatever.
(MARG bits her lower lip.)
HOST Well, let’s see how well you do
. finding your way in life then, Devon.
. Which decision will you make?
DEVON What are my decisions?
MARG Oh, well – that is for you to decide, dear.
(DEVON shrugs again, then begins to walk forward across
the stage toward the carts, waving his arms in front
of him. As DEVON heads slightly left toward the knives,
MARG puts a hand over her mouth to keep from crying out.
ASSISTANT wrings her hands with grave concern.)
HOST Devon, are you sure you want to go
. in that direction?
DEVON Sure, this feels okay. It feels right.
HOST Mom, you have nothing to say?
(DEVON is now waving his arms right above the knives.
MARG can no longer remain quiet.)
MARG Oh, honey! Devon, be careful.
HOST That’s it? Are those the only words
. of direction you want to give him?
MARG (fretting) I know it’s sad and scary,
. but it’s his life. Right?
. It - it’s his decision to make.
HOST You don’t think as a parent you can offer
. any words of guidance or direction?
MARG Honey, Devon, do you not SENSE any danger?
DEVON No, I’m good.
MARG Eee. But – but – there is something –
. so much BETTER.
DEVON Really?! There’s something better
. than this?
DEVON Well, if you loved me, wouldn’t you
. tell me about it?
MARG Ah, yyyess, of course. Okay-okay. STOP!
. That’s not the right way. Let me tell you.
. Ah, try moving to your right.
. You need to turn to your right.
(DEVON just freezes, arms stretched out over the knives.)
DEVON Why should I listen to you now?
MARG I love you.
DEVON I know, so you’ve told me – many times.
MARG Because I was WRONG not to teach you
. the right way. I want to say I’m sorry
. about that, and I want to do
. the right thing now as a parent.
DEVON So, I should turn to the right?
MARG Yes. Turn to your right.
. Please turn to your right.
(DEVON turns to face the congregation.)
MARG Okay, now, take a few steps forward.
(DEVON steps toward the cart with the food.)
DEVON Oh, the smell is a lot stronger right here.
. It smells so good.
MARG Now you can lean over a bit.
(DEVON leans over the plate of food.)
HOST Do you want the food, Devon?
. It’s your decision. You can stay
. with the food, or you can go back
. to where you came from.
DEVON Ahhh, no, I want to stay.
. I really want the food.
HOST Good news! Very good news!
(ASSISTANT claps, then takes the blindfold off of DEVON.
DEVON looks around and sees the knives, then turns back.)
DEVON Yikes! That’s where I came from?
HOST Yes it is, Devon.
(DEVON looks at the food.)
DEVON I’m sure glad I chose the food.
MARG Me too, honey, I’m so glad
. you chose the food.
(HOST turns to MARG.)
HOST And Mom helped you find your way. 6
. Right Mom? Now, he COULD have eventually
. found his way to the food without your help,
. but - you allowed him to see his options sooner,
. rather than later in his lifetime.
MARG Yes-yes-oh yes - you are so right.
. Oh, you are so right! Thank you.
(MARG hugs DEVON as he tries to eat some of the food.
ASSISTANT motions with big arms.)
HOST So there you see, it is a wise thing to guide
. and train up your children in spiritual matters.
. I don’t recommend waiting another second.