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LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING
.                                - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:      trust & obey God
SCRIPTURE:  Proverbs 3:5-6
Style:      satire/spoof on Simon Says game: narrator
.           who is "it" gives different scenarios.
.           Based on the chosen actions,
.           the “players” move accordingly.
Cast:       Narrator, PERSON 1, 2, 3 or Groups 1, 2, 3

SCRIPT:

(The kids/adults/groups clump together
in the middle of the stage.
NARRATOR enters and motions out a “finish line”
at one end of the stage.)

NAR.  This is the finish line.
.     There are rewards for anyone reaching it.
.     Challenge one!
.     You overhear Mary Jane gossip about you.
.     Simon says, and your gut says,
.     march right up to her
.     and give her a piece of your mind.
.     If you would do that, take a step back.

(GROUP 1 takes a step back with a non-caring attitude.
GROUP 2 wonders about this.
GROUP 3 shakes their heads, showing tender disagreement
with this course of action.)

NAR.  BUT what if,
.     you learned what God says,
.     to pray about the situation,
.     and go to Mary Jane in private and in love,
.     and try to work things out peaceably.
.     If you would do that, take a step forward.

(GROUP 3 takes a compassionate step forward.
GROUP 2 still wonders, and stays where they are.)

NAR.  If you do not choose one of these,
.     you HAVE chosen NOT to do anything.
.     Take a step to the left.

(Confused, GROUP 2 steps to the right.)

NAR.  Challenge two!                                    2
.     You have a test to take.
.     If you pass, you will get into a great college
.     and get a great job.
.     Simon says, and your gut says,
.     find a way to cheat
.     because it’s the only way to get ahead.
.     If you would do that, take a step back.

(GROUP 1 takes a step back with a haughty attitude.
GROUP 2 & 3 stand their ground, thinking.)

NAR.  God says, lying is wrong and working hard is right.
.     If you trust what God says,
.     you would obey and decide to study hard
.     and try your best - take a step forward.

(GROUP 3 takes a definite step forward.
GROUP 2 stands still, wondering.)

NAR.  If you do not choose one of these,
.     you HAVE chosen NOT to do anything,
.     you do NOT study and you just HOPE for the best.
.     Take a step to the left AND slightly backwards.

(GROUP 2 takes a step to the left and backwards.)

NAR.  Challenge three!
.     You are walking down the street
.     and notice some kids picking on a beggar.
.     Simon says, and your gut says,
.     it’s best NOT to get involved
.     because you yourself could get hurt.
.     If you would choose NOT to do anything,
.     because you just don’t care at all,
.     take a step back.

(GROUP 1 takes a step back with a roll of their eyes.)

NAR.  God says, be compassionate
.     and help defend the poor and afflicted.
.     If you did care,
.     but did nothing except pray,
.     take a step slightly forward and to the right.

(GROUP 2 takes a careful step slightly forward
and to the right.
GROUP 3 puts their hands to their mouths,
deep in thought.)

NAR.  If you hear what God says, and obey Him,          3
.     you would care about the poor and afflicted,
.     pray for them and the situation,
.     AS WELL AS try to safely help –
.     like phoning the police – take a step forward.

(GROUP 3 takes a step forward to reach the finish line.
They give each other high-fives and shake hands.
If it’s just one PERSON, then shake hands with NARRATOR.)

NAR.  (turns to congregation)  God says in Proverbs 3:5-6
.     “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
.     and do not lean on your own understanding.
.     In all your ways acknowledge Him,
.     and He will make your paths straight.”