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WISDOM   5'?m2f Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up

(scene: registration table near exit)

LIZ -- (enters carrying stack of books, crosses to table at far
exit)

AMY -- (enters at registration table) Good morning. Welcome to
the seminar.

LIZ -- Good morning. Thank you. Do you have a registration for 
Elizabeth Templeton?

AMY -- Let me check. (digs through box) No. I'm sorry, you won't
be allowed to take this seminar.

LIZ -- I won't?

AMY -- No, I'm sorry.

LIZ -- But, I pre-registered. They said that if I
pre-registered, I would be guaranteed a seat in the seminar.

AMY -- Let me check your previous registrations. (digs in box,
pulls out a wad of fan-folded paper or a long roll of paper,
let's it unfurl to the ground) Well, I see you've taken quite a
number of seminars and Bible studies!

LIZ -- Yes. I have. I've taken virtually every course and
seminar and Bible Study ever offered. In fact, once I complete
this seminar, I will have taken them all. So, what's the
problem?

AMY -- (taps paper) The problem is that you've been excluded.

LIZ  -- Excluded?! You can't exclude me! This is the very last
course available. I need this course. How can I say I've taken
all the courses if I can't take this course?

AMY -- That's why you've been excluded.

LIZ -- I don't understand.

AMY -- You're being excluded because, in spite of all the
knowledge you've accumulated, you don't know the difference
between knowledge and wisdom.

LIZ -- Knowledge and wisdom are the same thing.

AMY -- I'm sorry, that's where you're wrong. The Bible says that
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

LIZ -- I know that verse. That's from Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs
9:10.

AMY -- I see that you have memorized a lot of scripture verses.

LIZ -- Yes, I have. I've memorized 305 scripture verses so far.

AMY -- Good. Can you recite the rest of Psalm 111:10?

LIZ -- Certainly. (robotically) Psalm 111:10 The fear of the
LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts
have good understanding.

AMY -- Do you know what that means?

LIZ -- Know what WHAT means?

AMY -- That verse? Psalm 111:10. Do you know what it means?

LIZ -- Well, of course I know what it means! I memorized it,
didn't I?! It means (robotically) "The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good
understanding."

AMY -- And do you follow his precepts?

LIZ -- Well, sure!

AMY -- His precepts tell you to give to the poor. Do you give to
the poor?

LIZ -- I've been very busy studying.

AMY -- Are you patient, kind and gentle with those you love?

LIZ -- I've been very busy studying.

AMY -- Tell me something. Why would the Lord want to give you
anymore knowledge, when the knowledge he's already given you has
done no good whatsoever?

LIZ -- Well, I wouldn't say that my knowledge has done no good
whatsoever. I've done some good.

AMY -- Can you give me an example?

LIZ -- Alright. I haven't done any good. Please let me take this 
seminar, then as soon as I'm done, I promise I'll start doing 
good. I promise!

AMY -- Well, if you insist, here's the course material. (offers
sheet of paper)

LIZ -- (takes paper, reads, turns paper over) This is it?! This
is the entire seminar?

AMY -- That's it.

LIZ -- But this is just one sentence! This can't be all there is
to the course! This whole thing is a hoax! You don't really work
for the people who put on the seminar! I'm going in! (exits,
reenters) There's nobody in there. Was the class cancelled?

AMY -- Did you happen to read what was written on the board?

LIZ -- Yes. It was the same sentence that was written on this
paper. This is really... (reads) Oh.

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- (reads page) This is... (reads page) This is... Well, 
isn't that something?! It says. (reads page) "Knowledge puffs 
up, but love builds up." All these years I've been chasing 
knowledge as if it was some kind of trophy.

AMY -- What's wrong with that?

LIZ -- I've been so busy trying to IMPRESS people that I have 
failed to SERVE people.

AMY -- What's wrong with that? (exits quietly when Liz turns 
away)

LIZ -- (turns away) It's short-sighted. That's what's wrong with 
it. I'm not going to get any rewards in Heaven for IMPRESSING 
people. Oh, wow, after spending all that time in class, I've 
been neglecting half of my homework. It looks like I've got a 
lot of apologizing to do. (turns) Thanks for the seminar. (turns 
360) Where did she go? (exits) Oh, wow! What a great seminar
that was.
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