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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: The Painting
By Randy Foncree


(Two character skit that can also be used as a puppet presentation for children)

Mom: (frustrated and disappointed) But why did you throw away the whole painting?

Meagan: (defensive) Mom, it just wasnít any good! I messed up in too many places.

Mom: (with compassion) Do you know that professional artists never throw a painting away because of a few mistakes? They cover them up by making them part of the painting.

Meagan: Iím not a professional artist.

Mom: You have the makings of one.

Meagan: (smiles just a bit) Youíre only saying that because youíre my mom.

Mom: Maybe a little, but I do see real potential in your work. Iím not much of a singer, but I see great musical potential in your friend John. God helps me see your giftedness Meagan.

Meagan: WellÖthanks, Iíll think about that the next time I get frustrated and want to throw a painting out because of a few mistakes.

Mom: (teaching) Let me share something with you. God created us all, right?

Meagan: (says flatly, not sarcastically) Yeah! Thatís what the Bible teaches.

Mom: Well, suppose God disposed of us because of the mistakes in our life.

Meagan: (contemplative) Hmmm!

Mom: When we were born, we were born in sin, but were not held accountable until we reached an age of understanding. Letís compare us to your painting. We had a lot of mistakes in us, and because of that God couldnít look on us. He had to remedy our mistakes, called sins, so that we could appear mistake free before Him.

Meagan: I see.

Mom: He sent the only sacrifice that would be able to take care of our mistakes and make us a perfect painting. Jesus, Godís Son came and shed His blood, and that blood is what covers over the blotches in us, Godís canvases.

Meagan: That isnít anything I donít know, but I love the illustration you used. Iím thankful that God just didnít throw us away because of our mistakes. You know, Iím going to go get that painting out of the garbage, if the trash man hasnít already picked it up. As Jesus redeemed me, and covered my many mistakes, Iím going to do the same for that painting.

Mom: Good, I look forward to the finished product. I bet when I see it again, I wonít even be able to tell their were ever any mistakes at all.

Meagan: (mom and Meagan chuckle) I hope not, and as always, thanks for your words of encouragement and wisdom.

Mom: (warmly) Youíre welcome. I love you and Iím always here to help. (mom leaves the room and Meagan goes to try and retrieve her painting before the trash man hauls it off)

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Jan Ackerson 02/22/08
I can definitely see this performed, either by people or puppets. Well done.
Joanne Sher 02/22/08
Nicely-made point - and I like the format.

Some of the dialog seemed a bit stilted, but it could just be me. Try reading it out loud and see if it feels natural to you.

An enjoyable read.
Holly Westefeld02/22/08
Youth group? VBS? Children's church? Don't forget to share this with your church. I loved your analogy.
Glynis Becker02/23/08
Really nicely done. I could see using this with puppets at our church's Wednesday night children's time. Keep up the good work.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/25/08
Creative take on topic. I noticed a "their" that should be "there" - but otherwise, nicely done...and has a good moral to the story.