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SOLOMON’S SEARCH - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: life in moderation, relationships
SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Style: drama/conversation: Solomon drops in
. on a friend for advice, sharing that
. wisdom, partying, and wealth has
. not helped him. The friend
. reminds him to stay focused on God.
Cast: SOLOMON, FRIEND
Set & Props: robes, chair, sofa or another chair
(SOLOMON knocks on the “door.” FRIEND answers.)
FRIEND Solomon, what a surprise. Come in.
. What brings you here?
SOLOMON Just in the neighborhood. Okay –
. I need a friend. I need help.
FRIEND Help? You mean, as in advice?
. But - you’re Solomon –
. the wisest person in the world.
SOLOMON I guess, I just need to bounce
. a few things around. Need to process.
. Know what I mean?
FRIEND Not really, but sit – sit down.
(SOLOMON lies down on the sofa, like he’s about
to talk with a psychologist... if it’s a chair,
he leans back in it.)
FRIEND So, what’s up?
SOLOMON Everything seems so – meaningless.
. All is vanity!
FRIEND You don’t pull any punches, do you?
. So why don’t you just use all your wisdom
. to figure it all out?
SOLOMON Tried that. Hey, wisdom isn’t all THAT, 2
. you know. It’s knowing how to use
. the knowledge that you DO have.
. Even me, I’m still capable of being foolish.
. That, and knowing more only makes you
. see how pathetic and crazy things are.
. And that can make you feel
. hopeless and very small. Understand?
. Wisdom cannot make you feel better.
FRIEND Well, then, why don’t you just take
. a break and go to a party?
. Get your mind off all that.
. Get happy - meet some women –
SOLOMON Whoa. Tried THAT. And I’ve definitely
. learned that women are NOT the answer.
. I DON’T need any more women. I mean,
. it’s great when you find that special someone
. who is also God-fearing, like I finally did.
. But - only one! A man should only EVER
. have ONE woman in his life. Trust me,
. that’s all a man can handle.
. Marriage is a LOT of work if you want
. to keep the relationship where it should be.
. God designed us that way... You know
. how God says, “The two shall become one?”
. Any more than one, and you get ripped
. into tiny little pieces. Pieces everywhere!
FRIEND I guess you should know.
SOLOMON I do. And partying? Not worth it!
. Talk about emptiness. Maybe it seems
. to fill you for a little while, but
. it actually becomes pretty redundant.
FRIEND Huh? Speak plainly, man.
SOLOMON Sorry. It actually becomes boring.
. The same things just happen over and over again.
. And you hear the same jokes and stories
. over and over. How much small talk can
. a person tolerate? You just start
. going through the motions. It all means
. nothing and accomplishes - NOTHING.
FRIEND If you want to be productive – 3
. then why don’t you throw yourself
. into a project or something?
. Build something big.
SOLOMON Done that too! I mean, how many palaces
. and towers can a guy build?
FRIEND Now, that’s something I don’t get.
. You have all this wealth –
. you should have nothing to worry about.
SOLOMON Riches just add to your problems.
. You tend to worry about it being stolen,
. or who to trust because they might
. just be after your money, or –
. what’s the best way to invest
. so you don’t lose it all,
. or how to keep track of it all –
FRIEND I’d like to TRY having that problem!
SOLOMON No you don’t. Riches might buy you things
. like food to fill your stomach,
. but it won’t fill your soul.
FRIEND Okay, so wisdom helps to fill your head,
. falling in love helps fill your emotions,
. and wealth only fills your physical needs,
. so – with what would fill your soul?
(Excited, SOLOMON sits straight up.)
SOLOMON That – my friend – is a very insightful
FRIEND It is?
SOLOMON Yes. Out of the mouths of babes!
. You have helped me immensely.
FRIEND Ah, please explain how I helped you.
SOLOMON You pointed to the most important thing
. in life – filling the soul.
. The other things - in moderation –
. can be good.
FRIEND I think I understand.
SOLOMON But the ultimate hope, the
. ultimate answer, my friend, is God.
. I need to get back to God:
. to remember what He has DONE, to consider
. His power and what He CAN DO and WILL do,
. to listen to what He is saying now,
. and to fear and obey Him.
. I’ve been way to “ME-focused.”
. I'm NOTHING compared to God.
. I may be wise, but God knows everything
. and His ways cannot be understood.
. I may have found love,
. but God is the ALL-loving Shepherd.
. I may be a wealthy king,
. but God is the King-of-kings,
. all-powerful and in control of everything.
. I need to stay “GOD-focused.”
. (stands up to leave.)
. You know - I feel inspired to write something.
. Thank you so much for listening.
FRIEND Sssure, any time. And thank you!
. I got to learn something from your pain
. and – ah – “processing”.
(FRIEND walks SOLOMON out.)