Mon, February 19, 2018

Humility in Practice

Characters:
Bob: Door Greeter at Church
Mr. Humble: Brags about how humble he is (can be played by either gender)
Unworthy: Sobs about how bad he is (can be played by either gender)
Needy: is always fishing for more compliments (should be played by a girl)
John: humbly admits he was wrong (can be played by either gender)

The scene: Bob is standing at the door greeting people as they come into church. He tries to compliment them, but he gets some crazy responses and one true picture of humility.

Mr. Humble enters from stage left

Bob: Hey! Good to see you. I saw in the paper where you won the bowling league this year. Congratulations!

Mr. Humble: (he is smiling from ear to ear and talks like a used car salesman) I don’t like to brag, but not only did I win, but I blew away everyone else. No one was even close. But like I said I am humble about this whole thing. In fact I may be the most humble person I know. I do all sorts of things and don’t tell anyone about them. I brake for animals in the street. I don’t rub it in when I am obviously better than someone. I don’t even yell at old ladies when they cut me off in traffic. Did you know any of those things about me.

Bob: well…no…I guess

Mr. Humble: See! I told you I was humble. Good to see you Bob. (leaves stage right)

Bob(looking a little confused) Good to see you too.

 

Unworthy enters stage left

Bob: Good morning! I’m so glad to see you here.

Unworthy: (Sobbing uncontrollably and wailing. He continues walking right past Bob. He continues yelling until he is off stage again.) No you aren’t. No one wants to see me. I am pitiful! I am worthless! I am terrible! I am worse than terrible. I am a toad. I am pond scum that the toad swims in. I am the disease that lives on pond scum that the toad swims in. I am…

Bob: (Genuinely perplexed) Alright, I hope you feel better.

 

Needy Enters

Bob: Good morning! You are looking very lovely this morning.

Needy: Thank you, but I don’t think so.

Bob: Why not?

Needy: I know that I am fat and need to go on a diet.

Bob: No you’re not.

Needy: Yeah I do and this dress just makes it worse.

Bob: I think that dress is great

Needy: This old thing? On top of that my hair is all frizzy and my eyebrows are all bushy.

Bob: I don’t know what you are talking about you are very pretty.

Needy: (sarcastically) Thanks. But I know the truth. (she walks off stage right)

 

John enters slowly stage left 

Bob: (stares after her for a while. When he sees who is coming in next he closes up and looks defensive) Good morning John.

John: Bob, I need to talk you.

Bob: About?

John: I wanted to say that I am sorry. I really wanted to be the greeter for this door and when you got the job I wasn’t very nice to you. I was wrong. I wanted you to know that.

Bob: I haven’t been very nice to you lately either.

John: But I started it. I’m sorry, Bob. (Sticks out his hand)

Bob: (grabs his hand) Apology accepted (he then pulls John forward and gives him a big hug. John walks off and Bob looks towards stage left) Good morning! (fade to black)

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I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.

About Nailscars.com

For over 10 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days Nailscars.com was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.