BACK

LOVE2    4'?m2f Great commandment, love, management skills

(scene: two chairs, lights dim)

LIZ -- (enters exhausted, slumps in chair, sighs, head back)

AMY -- (enters opposite carrying suitcase, briefcase) Home at
last! (shouts) Is anybody in the office?

LIZ -- (unenthusiastically) I'm here. How was the conference, 
boss?

AMY -- Boring. (crosses to Liz) How did your project go?

LIZ -- All finished. On time and under budget.

AMY -- Well, where is everybody? I expected to see champagne and
caviar flowing freely.

LIZ -- They all quit.

AMY -- They what? (sits)

LIZ -- They all deserted me. I finished the project alone.

AMY -- Why? What happened?

LIZ -- It's a long story.

AMY -- I'm not going anywhere.

LIZ -- Well, I wanted to show them that a Christian could be
just as good a manager as a ruthless pagan.

AMY -- And....

LIZ -- And I came in on time and under budget.

AMY -- But you did all the work yourself.

LIZ -- Nearly all of it. I really showed them.

AMY -- What exactly did you show them?

LIZ -- That I could go for three days without sleep and do the
work of six people all by myself.

AMY -- But did you show them that a Christian could be as good a
manager as a ruthless pagan?

LIZ -- How can you be a manager when there's nobody to manage?

AMY -- How did you lose them?

LIZ -- Well, we all started out on the same page. I layed out
the duties of each team member in great detail. And I watched
them like a hawk. Even an idiot could do the work! I don't know
what went wrong.

AMY -- Could it be because you layed out the duties of each team
member in great detail and watched them like a hawk?

LIZ -- What do you mean?

AMY -- Is that the way YOU would like to be managed?

LIZ -- Well, of course not! I'm not an....

AMY -- You're not a what?

LIZ -- (head in hands) Oh, no! I treated them like idiots! I
thought they were just being temperamental! I thought they just
hated Christians! What was I thinking?!

AMY -- Have you been reading your Bible lately?

LIZ -- What does that have to do with anything?

AMY -- Surely you didn't take on the task of winning souls for
Christ without reading the instruction manual.

LIZ -- (opens mouth to speak three times, but hesitates)

AMY -- Well?

LIZ -- Well, actually, I haven't read the Bible on my own in
over a month. So, what does the instruction manual say?

AMY -- John 13:35 "All men will know that you are my disciples
if you finish on time and under budget."

LIZ -- That's not what it says.

AMY -- John 13:35 "All men will know that you are my disciples
if you prove to them that you can be as ruthless and hard-headed
as the pagans."

LIZ -- Alright, you made your point. I'll admit it. Love was the
last thing on my mind.

AMY -- Obviously.

LIZ -- But how does a Christian prove that he can do the job in
the real world?

AMY -- I guess it depends on what you think THE JOB is?

LIZ -- Alright, I'll bite. What IS the job.

AMY -- John 6:29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to 
believe in the one he has sent."

LIZ -- (sigh) Oh. I was so busy proving myself that I didn't
include the Lord at all. I didn't ask his help once during the
whole project. (sigh) Isn't that something?!

AMY -- What?

LIZ -- I set out to impress them with Christianity, but I
couldn't have done more things to drive them away. I guess
that's what happens when you don't include Christ.

AMY -- I guess so. (stands) Well, go home and get some sleep
this weekend. You've got a busy week coming up next week.

LIZ -- What do you mean?

AMY -- I mean I'm giving you another project.

LIZ -- You're kidding! After the way I butchered this last one?

AMY -- Yes. And I want you to use the same team.

LIZ -- (stands) Oh, I get it. This is like punishment for me,
huh?

AMY -- No. I just know that you'll be more effective next time
after you tell them what you've learn from your mistakes.

LIZ -- Listen, I know that would be the loving thing to do.
But... I could never do that! Admitting my mistakes... that's
too embarrassing!

AMY -- Are you saying that you couldn't possibly do it without
help from God?

LIZ -- (exits) You made your point. I'll see you next week.

AMY -- (exits opposite) Sleep well.

2013 Bob Snook. Conditions for use:
Do not sell any part of this script, even if you rewrite it.
Pay no royalties, even if you make money from performances.
You may reproduce and distribute this script freely,
but all copies must contain this copyright statement.
http://www.bobsnook.org  email: bob@bobsnook.org

BACK