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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
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(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 wasn’t 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: I’m not a professional artist.
Mom: You have the makings of one.
Meagan: (smiles just a bit) You’re only saying that because you’re my mom.
Mom: Maybe a little, but I do see real potential in your work. I’m not much of a singer, but I see great musical potential in your friend John. God helps me see your giftedness Meagan.
Meagan: Well…thanks, I’ll 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! That’s 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. Let’s compare us to your painting. We had a lot of mistakes in us, and because of that God couldn’t 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, God’s Son came and shed His blood, and that blood is what covers over the blotches in us, God’s canvases.
Meagan: That isn’t anything I don’t know, but I love the illustration you used. I’m thankful that God just didn’t throw us away because of our mistakes. You know, I’m going to go get that painting out of the garbage, if the trash man hasn’t already picked it up. As Jesus redeemed me, and covered my many mistakes, I’m 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 won’t 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) You’re welcome. I love you and I’m 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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