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PRIDE    5'?m2f Discipleship, The cure for pride: ministry

LIZ -- (enters carrying suitcase, crosses to C, looks around,
shouts) Amy?!

AMY -- (enters opposite carrying clipboard) Elizabeth! I'm
almost surprised to see you. I thought you might chicken out.

LIZ -- I almost did. But I gathered up my courage and decided to
go through with it. I'm going to conquer my prideful behavior
once and for all.

AMY -- You know it won't be easy conquering your pride.

LIZ -- (sighs) I know. But my pride has been keeping me from
being useful to God. But not anymore. I am absolutely determined 
to rid myself of pride, no matter what it takes!

AMY -- Excellent! So, what's in the suitcase?

LIZ -- I'm all packed and ready to go.

AMY -- Ready to go... where?

LIZ -- Well, I assumed that you were going to send me to a
cloistered convent.

AMY -- A cloistered convent.

LIZ -- Yes, you know, where they don't let you communicate with
one another?

AMY -- I know what a cloistered convent is. But that's not what
I had in mind for you.

LIZ -- Well, of course it is! Where else will I be able to
concentrate full time on making myself a better person?

AMY -- Well, actually, of all places I could send you to solve
your pride problem, a cloistered convent would be the last.

LIZ -- You're kidding.

AMY -- No.

LIZ -- Where are you going to send me? To a retreat?

AMY -- No. Isolation is the last thing a prideful person should
use to correct his problem.

LIZ -- I don't understand.

AMY -- The sin of pride is the overemphasis on yourself.
Isolating yourself will allow you to concentrate on nothing but
yourself. Doesn't that sound a little counterproductive?

LIZ -- Oh. I never thought of that. Well, where are you sending
me, then?

AMY -- (reads clipboard, points) Well, first, I'm sending you to
Mrs. Babbage's house.

LIZ -- Mrs. Babbage?! You mean old lady Babbage?!

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- She's a cripple!

AMY -- Yes. She is an invalid.

LIZ -- How on earth am I going to cure my pride problem at the
home of an invalid?!

AMY -- (reads, points) I have you scheduled to clean her
bathroom, change the sheets on her bed and do her laundry.

LIZ -- You're kidding!

AMY -- No. Then, (reads, points) I have you scheduled to do the
dishes and clean the kitchen at Mr Carmichael's house. He's got
almost a whole weeks worth of dishes in the sink.

LIZ -- (drops suitcase)

AMY -- Is something wrong?

LIZ -- I came here to cure my pride problem!

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- How is cleaning toilets and scrubbing floors going to
cure my pride problem?!

AMY -- (scratches head) Actually, I'm not sure how it works. I
just know that it works.

LIZ -- I don't see any connection between doing grunt work and
being less prideful. Am I missing something here?!

AMY -- All I know is that the more Christians serve one another,
the less prideful they become.

LIZ -- So, in order to solve my pride problem, I have to turn
into a scullery maid from a Dickens novel!

AMY -- The idea is not to lower yourself, but to raise the value
of others. By cleaning their surroundings, you make Mrs Babbage
and Mr Carmichael feel better about themselves. By lifting their
burden, you lift them.

LIZ -- And by lifting them, I get blisters on my fingers and
callouses on my knees. That's humbling?!

AMY -- Well, you're a Christian. You have a choice.

LIZ -- A choice.

AMY -- You can humble yourself the easy way....

LIZ -- Working like a dog is the easy way?!

AMY -- OR God will humble you the hard way.

LIZ -- The hard way.

AMY -- Humbling from others is called humiliation. Do you know
how prideful people accept humiliation?

LIZ -- Not very gracefully. Alright. I'll do it. I'll clean Mrs
Babbage's bathroom and laundry and I'll clean Mr Carmichael's
kitchen. But just how long do I have to keep this humbling stuff
going?

AMY -- For the rest of your life.

LIZ -- For the rest of my life?!

AMY -- Have you ever wondered why the Lord doesn't use you more?

LIZ -- Well, sure. He doesn't seem to use me at all.

AMY -- The Lord can't use you if he's competing against you.

LIZ -- Oh, that hurts! That really hurts!

AMY -- It hurts. But is it untrue?

LIZ -- (sighs) No. That's what pride is, isn't it? It's
competing with God. I suppose that if God let people see that He
was blessing me, they would think that it's okay to be
self-involved and prideful.

AMY -- Can you see how being a scullery maid from a Dickens 
novel will help?

LIZ -- Of course! It's not going to be easy being prideful on my 
hands and knees. (picks up suitcase, exits) I suppose that while 
I'm on my knees I could pray a little too, huh?

AMY -- (follows) In that case, I'll cancel your reservation at
the convent.

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