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FREEDOM FROM FEARS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: trusting God
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 34:4, Luke 12:22-34, Romans 12:1-21;
. Eph. 4:13, Phil.4:5-7, Heb. 5:14
Style: satire/conversation: a COUNSELOR helps
. a paranoid PATIENT overcome fears
Cast: COUNSELOR; BRENDA (paranoid patient)
Set & Props: clipboard
(PATIENT sits down beside COUNSELOR.)
COUNSELOR So, Brenda, how are you doing today?
BRENDA Why do you want to know?
COUNSELOR Well, you came to me, saying you
. have a problem and needed to discuss it.
. So now, I’m just going to ask you
. a bunch of questions so I can help you.
BRENDA What if you’re just out to get me?
COUNSELOR I have no reason to do that. I care about you
. and want to help you. So why exactly
. are you here, Brenda?
BRENDA I’m afraid to say.
COUNSELOR Why would that be?
BRENDA You might laugh at me. Or tell me to get lost.
COUNSELOR I’m not going to do that. And just –
. why would you think that?
BRENDA Most people do.
COUNSELOR They laugh at you – or tell you to get lost?
BRENDA Well, that’s what they’re probably thinking.
. People tend to stay far away from me.
COUNSELOR Maybe it’s you - who is staying far away 2
. from them?
BRENDA Why? What have you heard?
COUNSELOR Absolutely nothing. Ahhh, well then –
. tell me – how do you feel?
BRENDA Aw, okay. I feel... lonely – and sad.
COUNSELOR Oh. I was expecting you to say
. that you feel afraid.
BRENDA Well, maybe I’m afraid of being lonely and sad...
. But I already am.
COUNSELOR Why do you think that is?... What if I said
. that you were lonely and sad because you're too
. afraid of letting people get too close to you?
BRENDA That – could be very possible.
. You just can’t trust anybody these days.
COUNSELOR What if it was more like – you’re afraid
. of what people might think of you?
BRENDA (big sigh) Well, yeah, sure. But
. I’m not just afraid of that!
COUNSELOR Oh? What else?
BRENDA I’m afraid of driving, getting into accidents,
. bad people, death, bugs, storms, fire, heights,
. small places, big places...
COUNSELOR So, pretty much everything?
BRENDA Pretty much. I’m afraid there’s no hope for me.
. I’m pretty pathetic, aren’t I?
COUNSELOR We all struggle with different things. Now,
. you need to know, when I tell you that you don’t
. have to be afraid of ANYTHING, you still need
. to use wisdom. Common sense should tell you
. not to show off your money in a back alley
. at night, or go skydiving without a parachute.
BRENDA So there IS no hope. 3
COUNSELOR I have some good news and some bad news.
. The good news is that God wants to take
. all your fears away from you. In His strength,
. you don’t have to fear anything or anybody-
. at all. You can be free from all fears.
BRENDA What’s – the bad news?
COUNSELRO You have to trust God and ask Him
. to do that for you.
BRENDA That’s it?
COUNSELOR That’s it. But it will take constant practice.
. Right now, you are so used to relying on
. your own strength, which is very limited.
. But once you rest in God’s strength,
. you will find that you have more confidence.
. And with more confidence, you will
. allow yourself to be more vulnerable
. to letting people get close to you.
. And then, you will find that you are
. not as lonely or sad as you have been.
BRENDA So all I have to do is trust in God?
. That sounds too simple. And too difficult
. all at the same time.
COUNSELOR More difficult than living in constant fear
. of everything? Even though that fear
. won’t change a thing?
BRENDA Never thought about it that way!
COUNSELOR Well, think about it.
BRENDA I will.
COUNSELOR King David says in Psalm 34:4, “I prayed
. to the Lord and He answered me;
. He freed me from all of my fears.”