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COMFORT  5'?m2f Discipleship, success, comfort

(scene: a rocking chair)

AMY -- (enters carrying index card) Okay, here we are. (points
to chair) Have a seat.

LIZ -- (follows) I don't understand. I...

AMY -- Have a seat.

LIZ -- (sits) Well, alright, but...

AMY -- (offers card) Now I want you to read each of these
sentences with great gusto.

LIZ -- (takes card) What does this have to do with...

AMY -- After you've read all these sentences with great gusto,
we will discuss your situation.

LIZ -- Well, alright, but.... (scans card) Hey, I know these
sentences. They're famous quotations.

AMY -- I copied them from history books. (exiting) Read them all 
with...

LIZ -- ...with great gusto and then we'll talk. I know. I know.
(begins rocking) Okay, let's see. "Remember the Alamo!"
"Remember the Maine!" "Remember Pearl Harbor!" "Sink the 
Bismark!" (yawns) "I came, I saw, I conquered!" (yawns) "Onward 
and upward!" (yawns) "We will land a man on the moon within this 
decade!" (yawns) "I... have... a... dream." (falls asleep)

AMY -- (reenters, stands near chair, folds arms, taps toe
rhythmically, clears throat)

LIZ -- (wakes, reads) "Canons to the right of me! Canons to the
left of me!"

AMY -- What happened? You should have finished all of those
sentences by now.

LIZ -- I'm not sure. I think I might have drifted off... or
something.

AMY -- Or something.

LIZ -- Alright. I fell asleep!

AMY -- How can that be?! You were reciting some of the most
inspiring rallying cries in history!

LIZ -- Well, I don't know. I'm not tired. Maybe it's the rocking
chair. Maybe I should try it again without the rocking chair.
(prepares to stand)

AMY -- (resists) Oh, no. You wouldn't want to do that!

LIZ -- Why not?

AMY -- Well, you wouldn't be comfortable with that.

LIZ -- (stands) Very funny. You think this is some kind of
joke?!

AMY -- I'm not trying to be funny.

LIZ -- You used my own words against me.

AMY -- I didn't use your words against you. I was merely making
a point.

LIZ -- What point?

AMY -- Whenever you come to me and tell me that your Christian
walk is getting stale, I give you suggestions to revitalize your
walk with the Lord. But with every suggestion, your answer is
"I'm not comfortable with that". I gave you a rocking chair so
that you would be comfortable with that.

LIZ -- Oh. I see.

AMY -- So, how was it? Were you comfortable with that?

LIZ -- You know very well that I was TOO comfortable with that.
I fell asleep.

AMY -- In spite of the fact that you were reciting the most
inspiring words in history?

LIZ -- Don't act all surprised! You knew what would happen.

AMY -- Now, why would I do a thing like that? (turns away,
smiles)

LIZ -- This is your subtle little way of sending me the message
that... that...

AMY -- (turns) That what?

LIZ -- (sighs) That comfort is my problem.

AMY -- No! Really?! You think?!

LIZ -- Alright, I'll admit it. Maybe, just maybe, I'm a little,
just a little preoccupied with not straying away from my comfort
zone.

AMY -- Let me ask you a question about those rallying cries you
just read.

LIZ -- Alright.

AMY -- Do you think the people who responded to those rallying
cries remained in their comfort zones?

LIZ -- I suppose not.

AMY -- As a matter of fact, in many cases the people who
responded went so far out of their comfort zones that they died
for the cause.

LIZ -- Surely, you're not suggesting that I...

AMY -- Relax. I'm trying to make a point. And my point is that
all those rallying cries were for noble causes, whether to war
or to the moon or racial equality. No?

LIZ -- Yes. I suppose they were.

AMY -- And noble causes require us to step out of our comfort
zone, at least occasionally. No?

LIZ -- Yes. I suppose they do.

AMY -- Can you think of a more noble cause than doing God's will
on earth?

LIZ -- No. I suppose not. Alright. What do you want me to do?

AMY -- Before you DO anything, I want you to look BEYOND your
comfort to the end product.

LIZ -- The end product.

AMY -- I want you to imagine the emotions of those people who
responded to those rallying cries after they reached their
goals, after they won the war, after they defeated evil, after
they helped to put a man on the moon.

LIZ -- Well, I imagine that they had a feeling of
accomplishment, that they were a part of something big.

AMY -- And do you think ANY of them ever regretted straying from
their comfort zones?

LIZ -- Alright. You made your point. No more talk about comfort.

AMY -- Alright, then, get to work. (moves to exit)

LIZ -- Just one more thing.

AMY -- (stops, turns) What's that?

LIZ -- (points to card) This last rallying cry on this card...

AMY -- Oh that.

LIZ -- (exiting) Are Christians allowed to say things like that?

AMY -- (follows) That was just to see if you were awake.

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