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DOERS NOT JUST HEARERS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: application of God’s words
SCRIPTURE: Romans 2:13; James 1:22
Style: allegory/conversation: when Mom asks Jamie
. to clean up his things from the stairs,
. he is very keen to listen, to study,
. and even teach others this lesson,
. but neglects to follow through
Cast: MOM/DAD, JAMIE, TERRY (girls or boys)
Set & Props: table, dictionary, thesaurus, paper, pen
(MOM enters and calls out.)
JAMIE Yes, Mom, you called?
MOM I did.
JAMIE (eagerly) Do you have something
. you want to tell me?
MOM I do. I need you to clean up your things
. that are sitting on the stairway.
JAMIE Oh, is it important?
MOM It is. Someone might be walking there
. and trip over them. An accident like that
. could be very serious.
JAMIE Do you know when, or how many people,
. will be walking there?
MOM It doesn’t really matter now, does it;
. but it needs to be cleaned up.
JAMIE I can certainly understand how
. that it is very important.
. I intent to get on it right away.
(MOM exits. JAMIE gets out a dictionary and thesaurus
at a table to study, and takes notes while doing so.
Meanwhile, TERRY enters and becomes curious.)
TERRY What are you studying?
JAMIE Oh, hey, I’m doing a study on the request
. made by Mom. This is really deep stuff.
TERRY Really? Could you take me through that?
. I always love to gain knowledge and
. glean wisdom from the things that Mom says.
. The way she just lays it on the line,
. can be so very convicting. And yet
. encouraging at the same time, you know?
. She really understands and cares about
. our growth and development.
JAMIE She really does. And it helps to know
. that she was once our age, too.
TERRY Okay, so, what did she say exactly?
JAMIE These are the original words quoted from Mom,
. “I need you to clean up your things-“
TERRY Whoa! Okay, that right there requires further
. studying to gain a more comprehensive insight.
. In fact, the very first word “I” is critical.
. From that, you KNOW that this request was given
. directly from Mom. Then comes the word –
JAMIE Exactly what I was thinking! So I did
. a word study on the definition of “need.”
TERRY And what did you discover?
JAMIE (refers to the dictionary) When taking it
. in its entire context, it can refer
. to several bullet points.
TERRY Let me draw up a chart for this. That might
. help pinpoint the overall implications,
. which would help us determine basic
. and practical applications.
(TERRY takes the paper and pen and begins to draw.)
JAMIE This is great stuff. Okay, number one is:
. “A condition or situation in which something
. necessary or desirable is required or wanted.
. IE. ‘in need of water.’”
TERRY Water is so important.
JAMIE Vital! Okay, number two: “A wish or
. strong desire for something that is lacking:
. IE. ‘a need for affection.’”
TERRY Also necessary.
JAMIE Number three: “Necessity; OBLIGATION:
. IE. ‘there is no need for you to go.’”
TERRY So interesting. So - it can also apply
. to the positive form of that example.
JAMIE Four: “Something required or wanted;
. a REQUISITE: IE. ‘our needs are modest.’”
. And then five: “The condition of poverty
. or misfortune. IE. ‘in dire need.’”
TERRY That one right there is tricky and could
. be completely taken out of context,
. since we already HAVE things, therefore,
. there is no “need.”
JAMIE Recap – from Mom’s request, “I need you
. to clean up your things that are sitting
. on the stairway...“ - “Clean up.”
. What does that really mean?
(TERRY flips through the thesaurus.)
TERRY If we do a cross-reference on “clean”
. we find other words like: cleanse, freshen,
. neaten, purge, purify, sanitize, tidy...
JAMIE It would be interesting to see
. how all of this would translate
. between other languages.
TERRY It would. But for now, we can see 4
. how Mom is building on her request
. with “things” – “clean up your things.”
JAMIE The word “your” obviously means the request
. was directed at “you.”
TERRY We must also consider what would constitute
. as “things”– although general terminology
. is used here, if we do a cultural study
. based on archeological findings, this probably
. would include “anything” and “something-”
JAMIE Or “EVERY” thing! “Everything that is
. sitting on the stairway.” - Which would imply
. that the entire area should really be kept
. perfectly spotless.
TERRY That is so deep. Like, it’s blowing my mind!
. We should really meditate on this.
JAMIE And this was followed by a warning.
. And I quote, “Someone might be walking there
. and trip over them.” Which is followed by
. another warning, “An accident like that
. could be very serious.”
TERRY And when Mom gives a double warning –
. it is super serious.
JAMIE Then came, “It doesn’t really matter”
. how many people, “now, does it; but –
. it needs to be cleaned up.”
TERRY A rhetorical question! And THEN
. a repeat of the request.
JAMIE And don’t forget the word “but” right
. in the middle of that sentence.
. “It doesn’t matter – BUT – it needs to be!”
TERRY It’s pretty black and white, really.
. No room for debate. One would have to perform
. radical linguistic gymnastics to
. misinterpret those words.
(JAMIE shakes head solemnly.)
JAMIE No mistaking the extreme importance
. of this request.
TERRY Right! We need to go tell others about this.
JAMIE Let’s go. But, why don’t we first write
. a study book with leadership materials
. to shed light onto this entire topic.
(TERRY and JAMIE begin to exit as MOM steps in.)
MOM And just where are you going?
. I can see you have not cleaned up
. the things from the staircase yet.
JAMIE Oh, well, you see, I’ve just been too excited
. and too busy studying this request of yours
. and telling others here about its importance.
. We were just getting ready to spread the word
. by writing a study book. So I don’t know
. exactly when I’ll get around to actually
. doing it, but my intentions are sincere and
. I mean well. Like, in my heart, it’s like –
. it’s already been done.
MOM Hm! You dare say.