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TONGUE’S POWER - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: gossip, forgiveness
SCRIPTURE: James 3:1-5,Romans 12:19
Style: drama/conversation: a person can destroy
. another person’s project with a tiny match,
. just like the tongue can destroy a person's
. reputation with just one word.
Cast: PERSON 1, 2
Set & Props: very big box, matches or lighter
(A big box is on stage, with the opening away
from the congregation. PERSON 1 stands admiring
what is in the box, as if there is something
intricate inside. PERSON 2 walks by,
then stops to observe.)
P1 Hey, have you seen my awesome project, yet?
(PERSON 2’s tone of voice has a touch of anger.)
P2 It looks very intricate.
P1 Oh, it is. So you can see all the detail.
P2 Must have taken you a long time.
P1 It took me a terribly long time.
. I’m quite proud of it. This should
. take me far in life. Very far.
. I most certainly have a lot of talent.
P2 So you could look at this box and
. liken it to your reputation.
P1 What are you getting at?
P2 This box is LIKE your reputation.
. You have put a lot of time,
. effort and a lot of your unique ideas
. into it. So this box, in a way,
. represents a bit of who you are
. as a person.
P1 Yes. Yes, I see what you mean, now.
. And yes, you’re right –
. it certainly shows that I am
. a hard worker, dedicated, imaginative –
(PERSON 1 stops cold as PERSON 2 takes out
a match/lighter and lights it.)
P1 What are you doing?
P2 In the same way, this match
. represents bad things that we say.
P1 You’ve lost me again.
P2 It is very simple. Let us now imagine
. that this project represents MY reputation,
. and this match represents YOUR words –
(PERSON 2 moves toward the box with the light.)
P1 No, don’t do it. The whole thing
. will just burn right up.
. All that work – all that time –
P2 You told some people only seven
. little words. If I got them wrong,
. let me know. I was told that you said:
. “I could never trust him/her with anything.”
. Can you see how these seven little words
. burned down MY reputation?
P1 Yeah... Well, I didn’t really mean them
. to such an extent. I said that
. only in passing –
P2 So if I accidentally dropped this match
. right here in passing –
. the outcome will not be as bad
. as if I had done that on purpose?
P1 No – the outcome would be the same.
. It - it could even spread out
. and the whole building
. could catch on fire.
P2 Just so you know, your seven little words 3
. casually said, was like you
. burning down my project - my reputation.
. Whether you meant them or not,
. they were very destructive.
P1 I guess I wouldn’t blame you
. if you burned my project down.
. I’d rather have you burn this down
. than my – reputation.
. But you must know, or maybe you don’t,
. I didn’t mean to –
(PERSON 2 puts out the fire.)
P2 I’m not sure if that was an apology or not,
. but I forgive you. I choose to give up
. my desire for revenge.
(PERSON 2 walks off stage. PERSON 1 talks
to him/herself as he/she pulls their box off stage.)
P1 (relieved) Wow! Having seen that,
. I see I was REALLY wrong.
. I certainly WOULD trust him/her!
. I need to apologize. I need to tell
. all those people I was wrong - and apologize.
. I'm such an idiot. (stopping to look up)
. Lord, I apologize. I am so sorry.
. And help me forgive myself and move on.
. Give me courage to talk to everyone involved.
. Thank you for the lesson in humility.
. Oh, and help me control my tongue.
. In fact, take complete control of my tongue.
. Help my tongue to edify, not to tear
. down your people and your kingdom.