Thursday, December 8, 2016

Let your light shine

Let Your Light Shine

Cast:  Two men or two women
Set:  A place where the lights can be turned down but not completely off.
Equipment:  Flashlight and basket (small wastebasket can work).
Sound:  If a sound system is available, playing the theme to the Pink Panther adds an additional dimension to the skit.
Support:  One person to run the sound booth.  One to lower and raise the lights.

Music plays
The first character enters from the side, walking very cautiously with a flashlight, stopping every few steps to cover the light with the basket and looking around to see who is watching.
Once character 1 is center stage, character 2 enters and music stops
Character 2 is surprised when reaching character 1.

Oh!  Hello.
I didn’t see you there.
I was trying not to be seen.
I don’t know.  I just don’t want people to know what I am doing.
You going to rob a bank or something?
No.  Actually, I was going to take Mrs. Jones’s trash container back up to her house.  It always blows over after they empty it and she doesn’t need to be chasing it down the road.
That sounds like a good thing.
I like doing it.
Why do you want to keep it a secret?
I’m a Christian and I don’t want people to think that I am some kind of goody-two-shoes.
Now there’s a term I haven’t heard in a while.
Somebody called me that when I was picking up limbs in my neighbor’s yard after that big storm.
That sounds like a good thing.
It was.  I like loving my neighbor as myself.  I get that, but I don’t like other people seeing it.  They form their own opinions and I’m not sure that I like that.
OK.  I guess I get that.  But what is that bucket that you are carrying around.
Oh.  I have my light in here.  I use it to take a few steps in the darkness but I don’t really want anyone to see what I am doing, so I keep it under here most of the time.
Wow!  I think that I have met my first walking-talking parable.
Jesus said let your light shine before men.
Why would he say that?
So people could see what his followers are doing and praise God.
How does that make me a parable?
Before Jesus said let your light shine, he said that people don’t light a candle and then but a bushel or a basket over it.  If you light the candle, you let the light shine.  You want it to light up everything around.
OK.  I see how that applies to my flashlight and basket.
Jesus was really talking about our lives.  We are supposed to be a light for others.
I see that.  What good is it to do good and not let others see it.
That’s sort of it.  We do good because we follow Jesus.  We are not afraid of what others think.  But if they do see us, even if they call us a goody-two-shoes, we bring glory to God.
So we Christians are show-offs?
Absolutely not!  But we care more—much more—about what God thinks about us than what others think about us.
So letting our light shine is about being who God made us to be and not being worried about what everyone else thinks.
That sure shines a light on the subject.  I think you’ve got it!
Good.  But we need different music to walk off to…
Try this.
[Both start walking off together.  Character 2 starts the song and Character 1 joins in after a few words].
This little light of mine, [both sing now]   I’m going to let it shine.
This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel?
No!  I’m going to let it shine…
[Lights come up.]
Hey!  I think I’m a walking-talking-singing parable now!
[Both resume singing as they exit.]
Let it shine.  Let it shine.  Let it shine.

The end.

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