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PRODUCTIVITY - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: being productive, reaping fruit
SCRIPTURE: John 15: 8
Style: allegory/conversation: boss does job evaluations
. on lazy Dale and eager Terry, which parallels
. an evaluation on a Christian's attitude
Cast: Mr/s Lawson (boss-wise);
. Dale Harper (employee#1-lazy);
. Terry Wise (employee-eager);
. Narrator (could be boss, pastor, etc.)
Set & Props: papers & pen, 2 chairs, telephone
NAR. John 15: 8 “This is to My Father’s glory,
. that you bear much fruit.”
. This skit - is an allegory – of how we,
. as Christians, might be serving God
. and our church.
(MR/S LAWSON pretends to page a secretary.)
LAWSON Henrietta, you may send in Dale Harper.
(DALE HARPER enters and slumps into a chair.)
LAWSON Are you ready for your annual job evaluation?
. So, first let me ask, how do YOU think
. you did this year?
DALE No idea.
LAWSON Well, I have noticed quite a few things,
. first being, you do not get along
. with other people well.
DALE Is that really necessary?
LAWSON I have seen you be rude to your co-workers!
. It seems you like to argue –
DALE Why do you assume it’s me?
. I’m not rude!
LAWSON And most often, you lack the patience 2
. to deal with the customers or
. or hear out their concerns.
DALE Hey! I’m NOT their shrink!
. Besides, all I hear is complaining.
. They always want me to DO something for them.
LAWSON Do you react appropriately, or do you
. agitate the situation further?...
. Our company’s motto is
. “Good quality and faithful service.”
. What you do or not do reflects on the company.
DALE I just do what I have to.
LAWSON There’s evidence that you do not want
. to try your best. Instead, you complain
. about the working conditions.
. It usually sounds a little bit like an excuse,
. or you’re fishing for attention or compliments.
. I would like to understand why. You see,
. we do want to help all employees here realize
. their full potential. We have counseling IF you
. have any personal problems. There are programs
. to help you brush up on your area of expertise.
. Or if you feel maybe you would like to explore
. some other avenues within the company,
. we can help you develop THOSE interests.
. And if you’re still struggling, there are people
. who want to help out in any way they can.
. We just want you to enjoy working here,
. as well as seeing you do your very best.
DALE Why should I care? It’s not my company.
LAWSON A company is the collaborative efforts of all
. the people. Every part is vital to its success.
. So we also want to see YOU succeed as well.
. WHAT must we do to help you?
DALE I just need a raise. And the feeling that I’m being
. appreciated. And of course – better working
. conditions: spa days, free lunches, more fun.
LAWSON I sense you don’t love your work.
DALE Love is such a STRONG word. 3
. And the term “worrrrk” –
. is not a pleasant word at all.
LAWSON So you do not care about the clients,
. the people you work with, your bosses,
. or how well the company does?
. Our records show a lack of productivity,
. and your actions have caused
. several clients to go to other companies.
DALE People are just sooooo – sensitive.
LAWSON That would be their issues to work on.
. But you need to focus on what you are doing.
DALE Give me a break.
(MR/S LAWSON talks calmly as DALE HARPER walks away.)
LAWSON (agreeably) Okay. If you ever have
. a change of heart in how you want to work,
. give us a call. (paging secretary.)
. Henrietta, please send in Terry Wise.
(TERRY WISE enters and sits down.)
LAWSON Hello, Terry. Please, have a seat.
. How are you?
TERRY Good morning, Mr/s Lawson.
. I'm so excited to be here –
. and – a little nervous –
LAWSON That’s actually a good sign.
. Shows that you care.
TERRY Oh! I do care. I love this job.
. I love the company, I love what I do,
. and the people I work with. As problems come up,
. I’m slowly figuring out how to approach people
. in the best way. And hopefully I’m learning
. how to accept criticism better and work on
. my weaknesses. If you ever have any advice
. on how I can do that better,
. I’d really appreciate the feedback.
. I just want to do the best job possible.
LAWSON Well, your love for employees
. and customers alike, is shown
. through your kind and patient attitude
. towards everyone. Remaining so positive
. creates a peaceful atmosphere.
. Your good behavior is an example
. and encouragement to everyone.
. Your commitment to our motto:
. “Good quality and faithful service”,
. demonstrates your love for the company.
. We can see how productive you are,
. and we'd like to give you a raise.
. It is a pleasure to work with you.
. Thank you for all your hard work,
. and keep it up.
TERRY Thanks, Mr/s Lawson, thank you so much.
NAR. John 15:8 says “This is to My Father’s glory,
. that you bear much fruit,
. showing yourselves to be My disciples...”
. What if we had job evaluations as Christians?
. What would yours sound like?